16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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

— 5 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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip app.

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Dhaka City to Helsinki. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 7:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then walk around Kupittaa Park, and finally examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Turku driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Moomin Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Tea Shop Veistrom, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, then take an in-depth tour of Visavuori, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Church.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tampere travel route builder tool.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 12th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Johanna Oras Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, then appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, then contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip website.

You can drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, stroll through Makravaara Hill, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and take some stellar pictures from Rylays Hill.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Koli National Park journey planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 15:

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 16th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. August in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."