12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Drive:  2​h
1
Naantali
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Rauma
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
End: Helsinki


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2
nights
Naantali

Naantali ©
Naantali is a town in south-western Finland, known as one of the most important tourist centres of the country. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the galleries of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, make a trip to Kultaranta Garden, and then stroll through The Archipelago Trail. On your second day here, browse the collection at Turku City Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Naantali trip planner .

Helsinki to Naantali is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Naantali

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Turku
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, then look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo, and finally examine the collection at Marela Museum House.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rauma sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Naantali to Rauma in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Rauma, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Rauma

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Ruokapuoti Lumo ©
Ruokapuoti Lumo

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 19th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko and then head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Vaasa attractions planner .

Getting from Rauma to Vaasa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 20th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruijanpolku Trail, then explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Saariselka travel planner.

Fly from Vaasa to Saariselka in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Saariselka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

2
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Go for a jaunt from Lieksa to Koli to see Koli Shop Retkitupa about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, make a trip to Paateri, explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama, and hike along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail.

Before you visit Lieksa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Saariselka to Lieksa in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

3
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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and find something for the whole family at Linnanmaki Amusement Park.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lieksa to Helsinki. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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