16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly
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Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hyrynsalmi
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 6 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.
Attractions like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. Pack the 1st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, walk around Sibelius Monument, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner.

Munich, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Munich to Helsinki is 1 hour. When traveling from Munich in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 6:

Vaasa

— 2 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cool off at Tropiclandia and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hietasaaren uimaranta.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Vaasa itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Vaasa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. August in Vaasa sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

Sotkamo

— 2 nights
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Bring the kids along to Vuokatinvaara and Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti. Change things up with these side-trips from Sotkamo: Kajaani (Kajaani Castle ruins & Kajaani Church). Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Hiidenportti National Park. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka and get outside with Kainuun Vaellustalli.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sotkamo online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Sotkamo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In August in Sotkamo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Hyrynsalmi.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

Hyrynsalmi

— 1 night
Hyrynsalmi is a municipality in Finland and is part of the Kainuu region.The municipality has a population of and covers an area of of which is water. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): add some fun to your beach time Resort Ukkohalla.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hyrynsalmi online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Hyrynsalmi takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Hyrynsalmi are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Hyrynsalmi

Winter Sports · Tours · Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Bring the kids along to Santa Claus Village and Santa Claus Office. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, and revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi vacation planner.

Drive from Hyrynsalmi to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 15:

Finland travel guide

4.2
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."

Kainuu travel guide

3.8
Theme Parks · Castles · Wildlife Areas
Kainuu is one of the 19 regions of Finland . Kainuu borders the regions of Northern Ostrobothnia, North Karelia and Northern Savonia. In the east, it also borders Russia.Boreal forest makes up most of the biome in Kainuu. The forest in Kainuu mostly consists of birches, pines and spruces. The atypical regional geography and landscape consist of lakes, hills and vast uninhabited forest areas.The largest lake in the region is the Oulujärvi, one of the largest lakes in Finland. Its shorelines, open waters and islands in Kainuu belong to the municipalities of Vaala, Paltamo and Kajaani.The highest point in Kainuu is the Iso Tuomivaara, located in the municipality of Hyrynsalmi. The regional climate is continental.Culturally Kainuu is part of larger Eastern-Finnish cultural heritage. The dialect of Kainuu is based on Savonian and Karelian dialects.MunicipalitiesThe region of Kainuu is made up of eight municipalities, of which three have city status (marked in bold).Kajaani sub-region: 23px Kajaani (37,664)23px Paltamo (3,493)23px Ristijärvi (1,356)23px Sotkamo (10,524) Kehys-Kainuu sub-region: 23px Hyrynsalmi (2,432)23px Kuhmo (8,820)23px Puolanka (2,784)23px Suomussalmi (8,342)

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