12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland visit planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Zurich

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Helsinki

— 4 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Pack the 10th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, and make a trip to Senate Square.

Make your Helsinki itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. When traveling from Zurich in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 12:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Marttyyrikeisarinna Aleksandran Kirkko, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

Koli National Park

— 4 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Koli National Park: Joensuu (Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla & Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden) and New Valamo Monastery (in Heinavesi). The adventure continues: stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, don't miss a visit to Paateri, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, and trek along Ukko-Koli Hill.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park tour planner.

You can drive from Turku to Koli National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In July in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. You will leave for home on the 19th (Tue).

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 19:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."