12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Brussels
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Joensuu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Kouvola
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Brussels

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Mon), walk around The Esplanadi Park, thenexpand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, thenget engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

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

Brussels, Belgium 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 when traveling from Brussels to Helsinki is 1 hour. Traveling from Brussels in September, Helsinki is a bit cooler at night with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Puijo Tower. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Snellman Park, make a trip to Leppavirta Church, thentake an in-depth tour of Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, and finally relax in the rural setting at Tahko Farmi. On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, steep yourself in history at Kuopio War Veteran Museum, thensee the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kuopio day trip website.

You can fly from Helsinki to Kuopio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Helsinki in September, you will find days in Kuopio are little chillier (15°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Leppavirta Church, Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Tahko Farmi
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Leppavirta Church ©
Leppavirta Church
St. Nikolaos Cathedral ©
St. Nikolaos Cathedral

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
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.
Neitikoski Rapids has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): hike along Herajarvi Hiking Trail and then get outside with Neitikoski Rapids. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Juuan ev.lut Kirkko, examine the collection at Myllymuseo, thentrek along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Koli National Park itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kuopio to Koli National Park in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Joensuu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Juuka
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Herajarvi Hiking Trail ©
Herajarvi Hiking Trail
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids

2
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. You've now added Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Pirunkirkko, thenkick back and relax at Utra Beach, thendon't miss a visit to Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, and finally admire the natural beauty at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Honkaniemi Beach, and finally examine the collection at Old Mine Mining Museum.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Joensuu day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Joensuu takes 1.5 hours. September in Joensuu sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Beaches Museums

Side Trips

Pirunkirkko, Old Mine Mining Museum
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Old Mine Mining Museum ©
Old Mine Mining Museum
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma ©
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma

2
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): examine the collection at Wolkoff House Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Taipalsaaren kirkko, pause for some serene contemplation at Nuijamaa Church, thenstroll through Lempukka Beach, and finally take a memorable drive along Puumalan Lake.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lappeenranta trip planner.

You can drive from Joensuu to Lappeenranta in 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Imatra, Puumalan Lake, Taipalsaaren kirkko, Kummakivi Boulder
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Puumalan Lake ©
Puumalan Lake
Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum
Taipalsaaren kirkko ©
Taipalsaaren kirkko

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night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): examine the collection at Kouvola Tube Radio Museum and then stop by Poikilo - Museums.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kouvola route planner.

Take a train from Lappeenranta to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Museums Shopping
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Poikilo - Museums ©
Poikilo - Museums
Kouvola Tube Radio Museum ©
Kouvola Tube Radio Museum

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night
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, thenexplore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, thenadmire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and finally explore the world behind art at Sinebrychoff Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kouvola to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Sinebrychoff Art Museum ©
Sinebrychoff Art Museum

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