16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Porvoo
— 1 night
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
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Oulu
— 1 night
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Salla
— 1 night
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Levi
— 1 night
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Inari
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Esplanadi Park as well as Hakaniemi Market. Appreciate the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temppeliaukio Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and stop by Katajanokka.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki journey planning site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Helsinki is an approximately 32-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Amsterdam to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Porvoo

— 1 night
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
To find ratings and tourist information, you can read our Porvoo day trip planning site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Porvoo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 19th (Fri), you'll travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Porvoo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 19:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 19th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna trip builder website.

You can drive from Porvoo to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 20:

Koli National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen and then trek along Paha-Koli Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, then see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, then stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 22:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Kauppahalli, then pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral, and finally kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Oulu trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Koli National Park to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July in Oulu, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 23:

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell and then take a memorable tour with Feelapland.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planner.

Getting from Oulu to Rovaniemi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Salla.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:

Salla

— 1 night
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Salla trip maker.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Salla by car takes about 2 hours. In July in Salla, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. On the 26th (Fri), you're off to Levi.

Things to do in Salla

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 26:

Levi

— 1 night
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

Find out how to plan Levi trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Salla to Levi in 4 hours. In July in Levi, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 27:
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Inari

— 2 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Inari itinerary planner.

Drive from Levi to Inari in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Inari

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:

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."

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.