12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Train
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Oulu
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Train
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Rovaniemi is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv in August, things will get much colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 8:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): walk around Hupisaaret Park and then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Oulu trip builder tool.

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 9:

Kuopio

— 1 night
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Satamankulma, get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kuopio trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Oulu to Kuopio in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In August in Kuopio, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 10:

Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 11th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally get in on the family fun at Punkaharjun Kesamaa.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna day trip site.

Getting from Kuopio to Savonlinna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

Lappeenranta

— 2 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Korpikeidas, then explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, and then get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum. On your second day here, examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, and then step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lappeenranta trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Attractions like Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Pyhan Birgitan kirkko make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tampere tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Lappeenranta to Tampere takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:

Helsinki

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then get in on the family fun at Linnanmaki Amusement Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Tampere to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 18:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."