12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Kouvola
— 2 nights
6
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Brussels

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Old Market Hall, The Esplanadi Park, Hakaniemi Market, and other attractions you added. Get some historical perspective at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Fortress of Suomenlinna. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip planning app .

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brussels to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Brussels in September since evenings lows in Helsinki dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

2
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Tampere

Tampere ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere tour itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Kimito Island to Tampere in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Finlayson Church ©
Finlayson Church
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Ms puijo. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then indulge your taste buds at Savonlinna Market Square, and finally explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Savonlinna journey maker app .

You can drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Siikalahti Wetland, Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

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nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Juuan ev.lut Kirkko.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park road trip website .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Juuan ev.lut Kirkko
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Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. You've now added Repovesi National Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kouvola trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Kouvola takes 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 take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

1
night
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hietalahti Market as well as Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): pick up some local products at Hietalahti Market.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip builder .

Take a train from Kouvola to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Museums
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Hietalahti Market ©
Hietalahti Market
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma ©
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

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