12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland attractions planner

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Drive to Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kouvola
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Kouvola
— 1 night
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive
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Vuokatti
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Train
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Oulu
— 1 night
Drive
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Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly

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Kouvola

— 1 night
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 19th (Sun), get in on the family fun at Tykkimaki Amusement Park.

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Hong Kong, China to Kouvola is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of car and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Hong Kong to Kouvola due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Hong Kong in August: high temperatures in Kouvola hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums
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Lappeenranta

— 1 night

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta trip planner.

You can drive from Kouvola to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Kuopio

— 1 night
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kuopio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Kuopio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Kuopio, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Vuokatti.
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Vuokatti

— 1 night
On the 23rd (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kajaani Church, then admire the masterpieces at Kajaani art museum, then explore the historical opulence of Kajaani Castle ruins, and finally head outdoors with Kainuun Vaellustalli.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Vuokatti trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Vuokatti takes 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Vuokatti when traveling from Kuopio in August, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Vuokatti

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
On the 24th (Fri), revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip maker.

Getting from Vuokatti to Rovaniemi by car takes about 4.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Shopping · Fun & Games
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Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral, stroll around Ainolan Puisto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Haukipudas Church, then stroll through Nallikari Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, and finally appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Oulu online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. For photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Vaasa itinerary site.

You can drive from Oulu to Vaasa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. On the 26th (Sun), you're off to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites
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Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 27th (Mon), meet the residents at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Tampere takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Senate Square. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Linnanmaki Amusement Park.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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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."