16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
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Joensuu
— 3 nights
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Helsinki planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Helsinki, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in July, with highs in Helsinki at 25°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 12:

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Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
When in Turku, make a side trip to see Old Rauma in Rauma, approximately Rauma away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, and learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Turku online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

2
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Kouvola

Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Woikosken Automuseo, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum. On the next day, examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, and then steep yourself in history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kouvola using our trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Kouvola in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. July in Kouvola sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:

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Joensuu

Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Joensuu: Lieksa (Paateri, Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, &more), Koli National Park (Akka-Koli Hill, Paha-Koli Hill, &more) and Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Joensuu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Joensuu takes 4 hours. In July, daytime highs in Joensuu are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 21st (Tue), look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Napapiirin Porofarmi, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Joensuu to Rovaniemi with the Route module. In July in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 22:

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."