12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland attractions planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Pori
— 1 night
Fly
3
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive
4
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Zurich

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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Helsinki Cathedral and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Visiting Dive Finland Oy and Nuuksio National Park will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), make a trip to Senate Square, and browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Helsinki. Traveling from Zurich in July, expect nights in Helsinki to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can fly to Pori.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 29th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Pori online itinerary maker.

Fly from Helsinki to Pori in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Oulu.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 29:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Outdoors Oulu Oy, then walk around Hupisaaret Park, and then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Oulu trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Pori to Oulu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Oulu are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 30:

Koli National Park

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Makravaara Hill. It doesn't end there: trek along Paha-Koli Hill and stroll through Akka-Koli Hill.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Koli National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:

Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get outdoors at Repovesi National Park and Hiidenvuori. Change things up with a short trip to Riverside Park in Kotka (about 44 minutes away). There's more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and tour the pleasant surroundings at Arboretum Mustila.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kouvola trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Koli National Park to Kouvola by car takes about 5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Kouvola are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 5:

Finland travel guide

4.2
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."