12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Vaasa
— 1 day
Drive
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Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly

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Koli National Park

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, then trek along Akka-Koli Hill, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill. Keep things going the next day: trek along Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then explore the activities along Pielinen.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Muscat, Oman to Koli National Park is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Muscat in July, things will get cooler in Koli National Park: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Vaasa

— 1 day
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Vaasa trip planner.

Drive from Koli National Park to Vaasa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July, daytime highs in Vaasa are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Pori Art Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, then look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo, then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, and finally enjoy some friendly competition at Space Bowling & Billiards.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Pori trip planning website.

You can drive from Vaasa to Pori in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. July in Pori sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then get your game on at Moomin World, and then wander the streets of Naantali Old Town. On the next day, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, then stay fit while traveling at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then stroll through Vepsa Island.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Turku trip planner.

Getting from Pori to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. July in Turku sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Bring the kids along to Temppeliaukio Church and Market Square Kauppatori. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, stop by Artisaani, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and take a stroll through Katajanokka.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki vacation builder.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

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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."