13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Joensuu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Brussels

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park, expand your understanding of the military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti). On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Helsinki online holiday planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Helsinki when traveling from Brussels in September, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Snellman Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Leppavirta Church, then take an in-depth tour of Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, and finally experience rural life at Tahko Farmi. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Kuopio Automobile Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Kuopio War Veteran Museum, then examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kuopio travel route app .

Getting from Helsinki to Kuopio by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in September, expect nights in Kuopio to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Leppavirta Church, Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Tahko Farmi
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Kuopio Automobile Museum ©
Kuopio Automobile Museum
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Leppavirta Church ©
Leppavirta Church

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
You've now added Neitikoski Rapids to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Herajarvi Hiking Trail and then head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Juuan ev.lut Kirkko, take an in-depth tour of Myllymuseo, trek along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Koli National Park route maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kuopio to Koli National Park. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Juuka
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Herajarvi Hiking Trail ©
Herajarvi Hiking Trail
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids

2
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): Head underground at Pirunkirkko, kick back and relax at Utra Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, and finally admire the natural beauty at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Carelicum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joensuu Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Honkaniemi Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Old Mine Mining Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Joensuu trip itinerary builder app .

Explore your travel options from Koli National Park to Joensuu with the Route module. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Old Mine Mining Museum, Pirunkirkko
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Old Mine Mining Museum ©
Old Mine Mining Museum
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma ©
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma

2
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Wolkoff House Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Lappeenrannan kirkko, then pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, then pause for some serene contemplation at Tainionkosken Church, and finally explore the striking landscape at Kummakivi Boulder. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Taipalsaaren kirkko, pause for some serene contemplation at Nuijamaa Church, then kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach, and finally cruise along Puumalan Lake.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta online holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from Joensuu to Lappeenranta with the Route module. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Imatra, Puumalan Lake, Taipalsaaren kirkko, Kummakivi Boulder
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Puumalan Lake ©
Puumalan Lake
Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum
Taipalsaaren kirkko ©
Taipalsaaren kirkko

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Ankkapurha Culture Park, examine the collection at Museum of Aviation, then step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, then take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then stop by Poikilo - Museums, and finally examine the collection at Kouvola City Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kouvola holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Lappeenranta to Kouvola takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kotka, Ankkapurha Culture Park, Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa
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Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa ©
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa
Ankkapurha Culture Park ©
Ankkapurha Culture Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki holiday builder .

Traveling by train from Kouvola to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums
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Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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