15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Helsinki
Drive:  1 h 45 min
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Kouvola
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Mikkeli
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Varkaus
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
4
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Joensuu
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
8
Punkaharju
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Hamina
— Few hours
Drive:  30 min
11
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
End: Helsinki

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night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill as well as Repovesi National Park. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, then find something for the whole family at Tykkimaki Amusement Park, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kouvola travel tool.

Helsinki to Kouvola is an approximately 1.5- hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can take a train to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature Parks Theme Parks
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Tykkimaki Amusement Park ©
Tykkimaki Amusement Park

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night
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mikkelin Valokuvakeskus, Headquarters Museum and Mikkelin Taidemuseo. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Mikkelin Valokuvakeskus, see the interesting displays at Headquarters Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Mikkelin Taidemuseo, and finally see the interesting displays at Communications Centre Lokki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Lietvesi Scenic Road.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mikkeli day trip tool.

You can take a train from Kouvola to Mikkeli in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Mikkeli sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Varkaus.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Museums Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Lietvesi Scenic Road
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Mikkelin Taidemuseo ©
Mikkelin Taidemuseo
Communications Centre Lokki
Communications Centre Lokki
Headquarters Museum ©
Headquarters Museum

1
night
Varkaus

Varkaus ©
Varkaus is a Middle-Savonian industrial town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Northern Savonia region. Varkauden Museot has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Mekaanisen Musiikin Museo and then explore the world behind art at Varkauden Museot.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Varkaus road trip planning website.

Drive from Mikkeli to Varkaus in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Kuopio.

Things to do in Varkaus

Museums Historic Sites
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Varkauden Museot ©
Varkauden Museot
Mekaanisen Musiikin Museo ©
Mekaanisen Musiikin Museo

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nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo as well as VB Photographic Centre.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Kuopio trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Varkaus to Kuopio takes an hour. In July, daytime highs in Kuopio are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

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Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Neitikoski Rapids, Ukko-Koli and Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen. On the 11th (Sat), head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park day trip planner.

You can drive from Kuopio to Koli National Park in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Joensuu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids

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night
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Old Mine Mining Museum, Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni and Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, explore the world behind art at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, and then see the interesting displays at Old Mine Mining Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Joensuu travel planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Joensuu takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Joensuu can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

New Valamo Monastery, Old Mine Mining Museum
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Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma ©
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma
New Valamo Monastery ©
New Valamo Monastery
Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni ©
Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni

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nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna planner.

You can drive from Joensuu to Savonlinna in 2 hours. July in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Punkaharju.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Linnansaari National Park
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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night
Punkaharju

Punkaharju ©
Punkaharju is a former municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): don't miss a visit to The Parikkala Sculpture Park, then see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and then explore the striking landscape at Punkaharju Ridge.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Punkaharju itinerary planner.

Drive from Savonlinna to Punkaharju in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Punkaharju

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

The Parikkala Sculpture Park
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The Parikkala Sculpture Park ©
The Parikkala Sculpture Park
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

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nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Saimaa Canal as well as Saimaa Kanal Museum. On the 17th (Fri), examine the collection at Saimaa Kanal Museum, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, then don't miss a visit to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and finally take an in-depth tour of South Karelia Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski, take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, then contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, and finally get outside with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta route maker website.

Traveling by car from Punkaharju to Lappeenranta takes 1.5 hours. July in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hamina.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Imatra
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

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hours
Hamina

Hamina
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hamina road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Hamina takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Hamina are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 18th (Sat), you'll travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Hamina

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
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nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. On the 19th (Sun), observe the fascinating underwater world at Maretarium, then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, then appreciate the history behind Kotka Sculpture Promenade, and finally take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo and then let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kotka online trip itinerary planner.

Kotka is just a stone's throw from Hamina. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Katariina Seaside Park ©
Katariina Seaside Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo