12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly to Kuusamo Airport, Drive to Rukatunturi
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Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
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Oulu
— 1 night
Drive
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Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive
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Pori
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Paris

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Helsinki

— 5 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.
Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Turku (Bike Rental - by Carfield & Turku Castle), Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa) and Naantali Old Town (in Naantali). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, make a trip to Senate Square, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki route planner.

Paris, France to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Paris to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Paris, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Rukatunturi

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours and then soothe aching muscles at Rukaland.

Discover how to plan a Rukatunturi trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Rukatunturi. Traveling from Helsinki in August, expect Rukatunturi to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Spas

Side Trip

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Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stroll around Hupisaaret Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach, and then take a spin around town with Outdoors Oulu Oy.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Oulu visit planner.

Traveling by car from Rukatunturi to Oulu takes 3 hours. August in Oulu sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
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Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 11th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Vaasa trip maker app.

Drive from Oulu to Vaasa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Highlights from your trip

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 Yyteri Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Pori journey maker.

You can drive from Vaasa to Pori in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Pori, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): stop by Tea Shop Veistrom and then test the waters at Tullin Sauna.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tampere route planner.

Getting from Pori to Tampere by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Beaches · Nightlife · Shopping
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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."