12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Imatra
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Oulu
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Oulu
— 1 night
Fly
4
Pori
— 1 night
Drive
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Berlin

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nuuksio National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Naantali Old Town and Hakaniemi Market. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Turku Castle (in Turku) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip planner.

Berlin, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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Imatra

— 3 nights
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Step off the beaten path and head to Imatra Waterfall and Olavinlinna Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Imatra: Lappeenranta (Lappeenranta Fortress & Saimaa Canal). The adventure continues: admire the engineering at Imatrankoski.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Imatra trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Helsinki to Imatra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Imatra can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Outdoors Oulu Oy.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Oulu trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Imatra to Oulu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Oulu sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Pori.

Things to do in Oulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Spas
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 11:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Pori vacation planner.

You can fly from Oulu to Pori in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 13th (Fri), enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pori to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:

Finland travel guide

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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."