13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 1 night
Fly
3
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and walk around The Esplanadi Park.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary planning website.

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 August, expect nights in Helsinki to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 17:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 18th (Wed), stroll through Bike Rental - by Carfield, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally enjoy some diversion at Adventure Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Turku holiday planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Kouvola.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 18:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden and then delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kouvola vacation planning tool.

You can fly from Turku to Kouvola in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20:

Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church and then don't miss a visit to Rapio Mill.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Kouvola to Savonlinna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 22:

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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill, relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa, hike along Akka-Koli Hill, and explore the activities along Pielinen.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Koli National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:

Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 26:

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."