12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Pyhatunturi
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Rantasalmi
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Mustasaari
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Dusseldorf


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day
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Pyhatunturi planning app .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Pyhatunturi is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Dusseldorf to Pyhatunturi is 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Dusseldorf in August, with highs in Pyhatunturi at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park

1
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Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, and then explore the activities along Pielinen.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park road trip site .

Drive from Pyhatunturi to Koli National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rantasalmi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

2
nights
Rantasalmi

Rantasalmi ©
Rantasalmi is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rantasalmi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rantasalmi takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Rantasalmi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Savonlinna
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

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Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mustasaari trip tool .

Traveling by car from Rantasalmi to Mustasaari takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 17th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Kurjenrahka National Park, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Turku planning app .

You can drive from Mustasaari to Turku in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): enjoy the sea views from Archipelago National Park.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kimito Island attractions planning site .

Traveling by car from Turku to Kimito Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Helsinki.

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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park

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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.
On the 20th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Korkeasaari Zoo, and then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planning website .

Getting from Kimito Island to Helsinki by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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