13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
4
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki travel route planning site.

Marseille, France to Helsinki is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Marseille to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Marseille in August, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 12:

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 13th (Fri), hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Turku vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to fly to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 15th (Sun), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna journey site.

Getting from Turku to Savonlinna by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 15:

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: hike along Paha-Koli Hill, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, and relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Koli National Park day trip app.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip maker.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 20th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20:

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."