12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Kathmandu
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Oulu
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Kathmandu


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2
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Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki attractions planner.

Kathmandu, Nepal to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Kathmandu to Helsinki, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kathmandu in August, with highs in Helsinki at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Savonlinna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
On the 12th (Mon), delve into the mystery of Uhrihalkeama, tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, and then hike along Paha-Koli Hill. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, then trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park tour itinerary builder .

Drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. August in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

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Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 14th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park, then hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, and finally appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Oulu online travel route planner .

Getting from Koli National Park to Oulu by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. In August, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli
Toripolliisi ©
Toripolliisi

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then experience the excitement of Feelapland, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi day trip planner.

You can take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Feelapland ©
Feelapland
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

1
night
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Pyhatunturi trip planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Pyhatunturi by car takes about 2 hours. August in Pyhatunturi sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Nature Parks
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nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 17th (Sat), glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Scandinavian Adventures and then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Akaslompolo trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Akaslompolo takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Adventure Trails

Side Trip

Levi Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Scandinavian Adventures ©
Scandinavian Adventures

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