16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne

3
nights
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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

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Melbourne, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Eastern European Time is minus 8 hours. 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

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Old Rauma in Rauma, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, and get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naantali, Old Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

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Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Woikosken Automuseo, then explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, and then steep yourself in history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kouvola online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Kouvola takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In July in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 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

Side Trips

Kotka, Woikosken Automuseo
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

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Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Lieksa (Paateri, Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, & more) and Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, and trek along Akka-Koli Hill.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Joensuu trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Joensuu takes 4 hours. In July in Joensuu, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Poro Farmi, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Parks Nature
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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