13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour 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
6
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: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, shop like a local with Old Market Hall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki online holiday planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Helsinki is 1 hour. 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 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:

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 26th (Thu), grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, then brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally enjoy some diversion at Adventure Park.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. August in Turku sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Kouvola.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 26:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 27th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden and then delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kouvola road trip site.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:

Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church and then make a trip to Rapio Mill.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna online day trip planner.

You can drive from Kouvola to Savonlinna in 3 hours. Other options are to 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 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 28 — 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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, soothe aching muscles at Koli Relax Spa, and explore the activities along Pielinen.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park driving holiday app.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 2:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. September in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 3:

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."