12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Drive:  3​h
1
Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Sotkamo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Oulu
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Helsinki

1
night
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 1st (Sun), admire the striking features of Kuokkalan kartano, see the interesting displays at The Alvar Aalto Museum, and then examine the collection at The Craft Museum of Finland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Keski-Suomen museo (Museum of Central Finland), admire the striking features of Petajavesi Old Church, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Central Finland, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally take in the views from Karkisten Silta.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Jyvaskyla trip itinerary builder .

Helsinki to Jyvaskyla is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Jyvaskyla can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Petajavesi Old Church
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Petajavesi Old Church ©
Petajavesi Old Church
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, then examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, then take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Kuopio online tour planner .

Getting from Jyvaskyla to Kuopio by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kuopio are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Nature Parks
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Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo

1
night
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. On the 5th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka and then head outdoors with Kainuun Vaellustalli.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sotkamo trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Sotkamo takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Kainuun Vaellustalli ©
Kainuun Vaellustalli

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 6th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach and then enjoy some diversion at Tietomaa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park, explore the world behind art at Oulun Taidemuseo, then examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Oulu online attractions planner .

You can drive from Sotkamo to Oulu in 3 hours. In July in Oulu, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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Tietomaa ©
Tietomaa
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Auttikongas and Rovaniemi City Library. The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and see Santa Claus Office.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online visit planner .

Traveling by train from Oulu to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Nature Parks Museums
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Ruka and then identify plant and animal life at The Predator Center in Kuusamo.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kuusamo, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids

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