12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Oulu
Fly + train:  5​h 15​min
1
Imatra
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Kouvola
— 2 nights
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Oulu

1
night
Imatra

Imatra ©
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.
On the 7th (Sun), look for gifts at Imatran Kalatalo and then take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Imatra visit planning site .

Oulu to Imatra is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lappeenranta
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, and then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kouvola trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Imatra to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Sapokka Water Garden
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

3
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nuuksio National Park and Kansallisgalleria. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market.

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Getting from Kouvola to Helsinki by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 14th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and finally browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli. On the next day, grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, browse the collection at Turku City Library, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally wander the streets of Naantali Old Town.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Turku holiday planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. July in Turku sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tampere online holiday builder .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daytime highs in Tampere are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): stroll through Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Levi road trip site .

Getting from Tampere to Levi by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Levi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental

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