12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Train
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Turku
— 1 night
Drive
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
5
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Helsinki is 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Helsinki are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 5th (Sun), take a spin around town with Bike Rental - by Carfield, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Turku holiday planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Visavuori, then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, then examine the collection at Moomin Museum, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip site.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Tampere are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 8th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna road trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 8:

Koli National Park

— 3 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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill, head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, hike along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, and make a trip to Paateri.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:

Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 12th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and finally Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In September in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Nature · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."