12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
3
Vaasa
— 1 day
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

2
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 46 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, stroll through The Esplanadi Park, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and take a stroll through Katajanokka.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online travel planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Helsinki is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, with highs in Helsinki at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari vacation site .

You can fly from Helsinki to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, Inari is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
day
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

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Traveling by flight from Inari to Vaasa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Tampere planning app .

You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Tampere

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto

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nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Get a sense of the local culture at Linden Esplanade and Hamina Old Town. Get out of town with these interesting Kotka side-trips: Hiidenvuori (in Iitti), Stromforsin ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa) and Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Mansikkalahti, and head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kotka day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Tampere to Kotka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Hamina Old Town, Hiidenvuori, Stromforsin ruukki, Arboretum Mustila, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori

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