16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Joensuu
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Nurmes
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Kajaani
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Suomussalmi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Salla
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Kemi
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
10
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  7​h 15​min
End: Brussels

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Design Museum and then contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder .

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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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.
On the 9th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then see the interesting displays at S/S Salama, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna travel planning site .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Savonlinna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°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, enjoy the sand and surf at Utra Beach, and then trek along Kolvananuuro.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Joensuu trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Savonlinna to Joensuu by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Joensuu are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nurmes.

Things to do in Joensuu

Outdoors Parks Nature
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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. Get in touch with nature at Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto and Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wilds Piira and Rasavaara Observation tower. Explore Nurmes' surroundings by going to Wild Taiga (in Kuhmo) and Era Eero (in Lieksa). There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Nurmes Church.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Nurmes trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Joensuu to Nurmes in 2 hours. July in Nurmes sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kajaani.

Things to do in Nurmes

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kuhmo, Koli National Park, Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen, 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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Kajaani

Kajaani ©
Start 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, then admire the masterpieces at Kajaani art museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Kajaani Church, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Per Brahe.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kajaani online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Nurmes to Kajaani in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Kajaani can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. 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
Kajaani art museum ©
Kajaani art museum
Paltaniemi Church ©
Paltaniemi Church

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Suomussalmi

Suomussalmi ©
Suomussalmi is a municipality in Finland and is located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Winter War Museum Raatteen Portti and then look for all kinds of wild species at Martinselkonen Wilds Centre.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Suomussalmi trip planner.

You can drive from Kajaani to Suomussalmi in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Suomussalmi

Wildlife Parks 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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then stroll through Ruka. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours and then identify plant and animal life at The Predator Center in Kuusamo.

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You can drive from Suomussalmi to Kuusamo in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Salla.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

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Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): hit the slopes at Salla Ski Resort, then contemplate the long history of Paikanselan Taistelualue, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Salla trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Salla takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Salla are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Kemi.

Things to do in Salla

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

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Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 19th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church, then step off the mainland to explore Perameren Kansallispuisto, and then identify plant and animal life at Kotielainpuisto Arkadia.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kemi tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Salla to Kemi in 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tornio Church, Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
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Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia

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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 Poro Farmi. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kemi to Rovaniemi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours