12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, then steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti). On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Nuuksio National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Helsinki sightseeing planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Helsinki is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Helsinki when traveling from Brussels in September, with lows around 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 ©
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. On the 19th (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Snellman Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Leppavirta Church, then get engrossed in the history at Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, and finally experience rural life at Tahko Farmi. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, brush up on your military savvy at Kuopio War Veteran Museum, then examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kuopio trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Helsinki to Kuopio by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Helsinki in September, plan for little chillier days in Kuopio, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Leppavirta Church, Tahko Farmi
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Leppavirta Church ©
Leppavirta Church
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
You've now added Neitikoski Rapids to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): hike along Herajarvi Hiking Trail and then head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Juuan ev.lut Kirkko, get engrossed in the history at Myllymuseo, then trek along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Kuopio to Koli National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks

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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): Head underground at Pirunkirkko, kick back and relax at Utra Beach, then make a trip to Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, and finally admire the natural beauty at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Carelicum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church, then kick back and relax at Honkaniemi Beach, and finally examine the collection at Old Mine Mining Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Joensuu trip maker app .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Joensuu in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Joensuu can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to 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): get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, then pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, and finally explore the striking landscape at Kummakivi Boulder. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Taipalsaaren kirkko, pause for some serene contemplation at Nuijamaa Church, then kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach, and finally head outdoors with Puumalan Lake.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Joensuu to Lappeenranta by car takes about 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough 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): take in the pleasant sights at Ankkapurha Culture Park, see the interesting displays at Kouvola Tube Radio Museum, and then look for gifts at Poikilo - Museums.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kouvola online day trip planner .

You can take a train from Lappeenranta to Kouvola in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Ankkapurha Culture Park
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Poikilo - Museums ©
Poikilo - Museums
Ankkapurha Culture Park ©
Ankkapurha Culture Park
Kouvola Tube Radio Museum ©
Kouvola Tube Radio Museum

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, and finally explore the world behind art at Sinebrychoff Art Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Kouvola to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time 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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