12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Jyvaskyla
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Loviisa
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Kotka
— 2 nights
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Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
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Savonlinna
— 2 nights
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Koli National Park
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Jyvaskyla

Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 19th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Tourujoen Luontopolku, then get engrossed in the history at Toivolan Vanha Piha, then examine the collection at The Craft Museum of Finland, and finally admire the masterpieces at Jyvaskyla Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): stop by Punnitse & Saasta, then learn about all things military at Finnish Air Force Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Kuokkalan kartano, and finally take an in-depth tour of Keski-Suomen museo (Museum of Central Finland).

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Jyvaskyla trip itinerary builder website.

Oulu to Jyvaskyla is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. In July in Jyvaskyla, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Loviisa.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:

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Loviisa

Loviisa is a municipality and town of inhabitants on the southern coast of Finland. Svartholm Fortress has been added to your itinerary. On the 21st (Tue), make a trip to Svartholm Fortress, then see the interesting displays at Loviisa Maritime Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Ungern and Rosen Fortresses.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Loviisa trip planner.

You can drive from Jyvaskyla to Loviisa in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Loviisa

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 21:

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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. On the 22nd (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Sibelius Park, take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then wander the streets of Hamina Old Town, then pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko, and finally admire the striking features of Hamina Town Hall.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kotka route planner.

You can drive from Loviisa to Kotka in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Kotka are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:

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Lappeenranta

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 23rd (Thu): examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then take an in-depth tour of South Karelia Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sammonlahden Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ristikankaan kappeli. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lepola Cemetery Chapel, then admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lemin kirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Taipalsaaren kirkko.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta trip planner.

Drive from Kotka to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. In July in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:

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Savonlinna

The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, then appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, then take a tour of S/S Salama, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Johanna Oras Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, then appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip tool.

Drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2 hours. July in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:

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Koli National Park

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.
Popular historic sites such as Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko and Joensuu Church are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Paha-Koli Hill and Utra Beach. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and trek along Herajarvi Hiking Trail.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Koli National Park using our trip planner.

Drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. July in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:

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."

South Karelia travel guide

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Waterfalls · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
South Karelia is a region of Finland. It borders the regions of Kymenlaakso, Southern Savonia and North Karelia, as well as Russia.Historical provinceFor history, geography and culture see: Finnish KareliaRegional CouncilThe Regional Council of South Karelia is a joint municipal authority of nine member municipalities. The Council operates as the authority for regional development and unit for regional planning and looks after regional interests and to promote economic development and cultural well-being in South Karelia. The Council has a statutory responsibility for regional development and planning.The EU’s regional Objective Programmes for South Karelia have partly been prepared in the Council as it also implements and coordinates various projects. The Council is also represented in several international organisations, such as AEBR.MunicipalitiesThe region of South Karelia is made up of nine municipalities, of which two have city status (marked in bold).Imatra Sub-region: Imatra (28,219)Parikkala (5,509)Rautjärvi (3,682)Ruokolahti (5,507) Lappeenranta Sub-region: Lappeenranta (72,658)Lemi (3,130)Luumäki (4,992)Savitaipale (3,729)Taipalsaari (4,826)

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Southern Savonia travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Southern Savonia is a region in the south-east of Finland. It borders on the regions Pohjois-Savo, North Karelia, South Karelia, Päijät-Häme, and Central Finland. The total area of Southern Savonia is 18,768.33 km2, with a population of 153,738 .Southern Savonia is located in the heart of the Finnish lake district, and contains Lake Saimaa, the largest lake in Finland. The two major towns in the region are Mikkeli and Savonlinna.Historical provincesFor history, geography and culture see: SavoniaMunicipalitiesSouthern Savonia includes 14 municipalities listed below . Enonkoski Heinävesi Hirvensalmi Joroinen Juva Kangasniemi Mikkeli Mäntyharju Pertunmaa Pieksämäki Puumala Rantasalmi Savonlinna Sulkava

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North Karelia travel guide

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Hiking Trails · Landmarks · Gardens
North Karelia is a region in eastern Finland. It borders the regions of Kainuu, Northern Savonia, Southern Savonia and South Karelia, as well as Russia.The city of Joensuu is the capital of North Karelia.North Karelia is renowned among public health officials. In the 1960s Finland led industrialized nations in heart disease mortality rates; North Karelia had Finland's highest incidence. In 1972 a long-term project was undertaken which targeted this risk in North Karelia. The resulting improvement in public health is still considered remarkable, a model for the rest of the nation.MunicipalitiesThe region of North Karelia is made up of 13 municipalities, of which four have city status (marked in bold).Joensuu sub-region: Ilomantsi (5,693)Joensuu (74,475)Juuka (5,355)Kontiolahti (14,104)Liperi (12,288)Outokumpu (7,396)Polvijärvi (4,772) Central Karelia sub-region: Kitee (9,083)Rääkkylä (2,528)Tohmajärvi (4,975)Pielinen Karelia sub-region: Lieksa (12,568)Nurmes (8,358)Valtimo (2,438)

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