12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route maker

Make it your trip
Train to Copenhagen Airport, Fly to Helsinki
— 5 nights
— 2 nights
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Gdansk



— 5 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 a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Kansallisgalleria and The Aalto House. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Heureka in Vantaa--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner.

Malmo, Sweden to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 13th (Sat), find something for the whole family at Tykkimaki Amusement Park and then examine the collection at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and then see the interesting displays at Kouvola Tube Radio Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kouvola trip builder website.

Getting from Helsinki to Kouvola by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kouvola

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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Koli National Park

— 4 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Step out of the city life by going to Ukko-Koli Hill and Paha-Koli Hill. Explore hidden gems such as Makravaara Hill and Rasavaara Observation tower. And it doesn't end there: trek along Herajarvi Hiking Trail, relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, and examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Koli National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Kouvola to Koli National Park in 5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Thu).

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

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Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."