12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip builder

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Fly
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Zurich

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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Pack the 27th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip site.

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Traveling from Zurich to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Zurich in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 29:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 30th (Fri), learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Marttyyrikeisarinna Aleksandran Kirkko, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Turku itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 1:

Koli National Park

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Koli National Park side-trips: Joensuu (Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla & Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden) and New Valamo Monastery (in Heinavesi). There's lots more to do: stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, don't miss a visit to Paateri, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, and trek along Ukko-Koli Hill.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Koli National Park by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 5th (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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."