12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route maker

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
You've added Old Market Hall, The Esplanadi Park, Hakaniemi Market, and other attractions to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nuuksio National Park and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip tool.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Helsinki. Traveling from Brussels in September, Helsinki is slightly colder at night with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tallipihan Suklaapuoti as well as Hatanpaa Arboretum. On the 20th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, then pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, and finally kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Tampere are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Beaches · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ms puijo as well as Savonlinna Market Square. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Ms puijo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, and finally explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna vacation maker tool.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

Koli National Park

— 2 nights
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 23rd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Juuan ev.lut Kirkko.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Koli National Park attractions site.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Your day by day itinerary now includes Repovesi National Park. On the 25th (Tue), stroll around Riverside Park, then get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park.

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Getting from Koli National Park to Kouvola by car takes about 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

Helsinki

— 1 night

Daughter of the Baltic

Your day by day itinerary now includes Hietalahti Market as well as Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Hietalahti Market.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip builder.

Getting from Kouvola to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:

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."