12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Porvoo
Drive
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Kotka
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kouvola
— 1 night
Drive
5
Lappeenranta
Drive
6
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
Drive
8
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Hameenlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive

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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, then contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, then steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip planning tool.

If you are flying in from Spain, the closest major aiports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Turku Airport and Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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Porvoo

Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): steep yourself in history at The Runeberg Home, don't miss a visit to Orthodox Church Porvoo, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Porvoo.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Porvoo itinerary planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Porvoo in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. August in Porvoo sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites
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Kotka

— 1 night
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. For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kotka trip maker tool.

Drive from Porvoo to Kotka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You'll set off for Kouvola on the 8th (Thu).

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
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Kouvola

— 1 night
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Kouvola trip builder.

You can drive from Kotka to Kouvola in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 9th (Fri), you'll travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

Wildlife · Nature · Trails · Parks
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Highlights from your trip

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 9th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church and then don't miss a visit to Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta online visit planner.

Getting from Kouvola to Lappeenranta by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites
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Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna visit planner.

Drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2 hours. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Jyvaskyla

— 1 night
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Oravivuori Triangulation Tower and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Leivonmaki National Park.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Jyvaskyla trip planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Jyvaskyla takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Jyvaskyla, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 12th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa.

Plan trip to Tampere with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Jyvaskyla to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hameenlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Hameenlinna

— 1 night
Hämeenlinna is a city and municipality of about inhabitants in the heart of the historical province of Häme in the south of Finland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): tee off at Linna Golf & Country Club, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hauhon kirkko, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hame Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hameenlinna trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tampere to Hameenlinna by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Golf · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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 15th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden, stroll through The Archipelago Trail, then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, and finally grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield.

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You can drive from Hameenlinna to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:

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."