16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
3
Joensuu
— 1 night
4
Nurmes
— 3 nights
5
Kajaani
— 1 night
6
Suomussalmi
— 1 night
7
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
8
Salla
— 1 night
9
Kemi
— 1 night
10
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights

2
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.
On the 6th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Design Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning app.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, thensee the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, thentake a tour of S/S Salama, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Joensuu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

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Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Utra Beach, and then trek along Kolvananuuro.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Joensuu day trip planning app.

Drive from Savonlinna to Joensuu in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nurmes.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Kolvananuuro ©
Kolvananuuro
Joensuu Church ©
Joensuu Church

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Nurmes

Nurmes ©
Nurmes is a town and municipality of Finland.It was located in the former province of Eastern Finland until 2010 and is now in the North Karelia region. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto and Wild Taiga. Escape the urban bustle at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nurmes: Wilds Piira (in Kuhmo) and Rasavaara Observation tower (in Koli National Park). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Nurmes Church.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nurmes journey planner.

You can drive from Joensuu to Nurmes in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Nurmes are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Kajaani.

Things to do in Nurmes

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Kuhmo, Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto
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Nurmes Church ©
Nurmes Church
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
 Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen ©
Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen

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night
Kajaani

Kajaani ©
Kajaani is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get great views at Vuokatinvaara, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paltaniemi Church, explore the historical opulence of Kajaani Castle ruins, admire the masterpieces at Kajaani art museum, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Kajaani Church, and finally appreciate the history behind Statue of Per Brahe.

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

You can drive from Nurmes to Kajaani in 1.5 hours. July in Kajaani sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Suomussalmi.

Things to do in Kajaani

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vuokatinvaara, Paltaniemi Church
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Kajaani Castle ruins ©
Kajaani Castle ruins
Paltaniemi Church ©
Paltaniemi Church
Kajaani art museum ©
Kajaani art museum

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Suomussalmi

Suomussalmi ©
Suomussalmi is a municipality in Finland and is located in the Kainuu region. On the 15th (Mon), brush up on your military savvy at Winter War Museum Raatteen Portti and then look for all kinds of wild species at Martinselkonen Wilds Centre.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Suomussalmi online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Kajaani to Suomussalmi in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Suomussalmi

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Winter War Museum Raatteen Portti ©
Winter War Museum Raatteen Portti

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids, and then stroll through Ruka. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at The Predator Center in Kuusamo.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo trip planner.

Getting from Suomussalmi to Kuusamo by car takes about 2 hours. July in Kuusamo sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Salla.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre

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Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Salla Ski Resort, steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue, and then get engrossed in the history at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

To see maps and more tourist information, use the Salla online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Salla takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Salla are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Kemi.

Things to do in Salla

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort
Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction ©
Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction
Paikanselan Taistelualue ©
Paikanselan Taistelualue

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night
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church, thenstep off the mainland to explore Perameren Kansallispuisto, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kotielainpuisto Arkadia.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kemi online itinerary planner.

Drive from Salla to Kemi in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kotielainpuisto Arkadia, Tornio Church
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Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia

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nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Kemi to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arctic Emotions Oy ©
Arctic Emotions Oy