16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
2
Imatra
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Saarijarvi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Ahtari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
8
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Helsinki
— 2 nights
End: Helsinki

1
night
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. On the 26th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, then take in the pleasant sights at Linden Esplanade, then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marian Kirkko, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, and finally trek along Santalahti Nature Trail.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Kotka vacation builder website .

Helsinki to Kotka is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hamina, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

2
nights
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, then get outside with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot, then learn about all things military at Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum, and finally stop by Imatran Kalatalo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): snap pictures at Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi, make a trip to Viewing Platform in Puumala, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Imatra holiday website .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Imatra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Imatra are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Puumala, Kummakivi Boulder
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Imatran Kalatalo ©
Imatran Kalatalo
Tainionkosken Church ©
Tainionkosken Church

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Punkaharju Ridge has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Neitvuori, explore the striking landscape at Punkaharju Ridge, and then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Kolovesi National Park.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna travel planner .

You can drive from Imatra to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kolovesi National Park, Neitvuori, Punkaharju Ridge
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Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park
Neitvuori ©
Neitvuori
Taito Shop Savonlinna ©
Taito Shop Savonlinna

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get outside with Neitikoski Rapids and then trek along Paha-Koli Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, then stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Koli National Park online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Koli Shop Retkitupa ©
Koli Shop Retkitupa
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill

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night
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kuopio day trip planning site .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. In October in Kuopio, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Saarijarvi.

Things to do in Kuopio

Shopping Historic Sites Nature
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Pikku Pietarin Torikuja ©
Pikku Pietarin Torikuja
Satamankulma ©
Satamankulma

1
night
Saarijarvi

Saarijarvi
Saarijärvi is a town and municipality of Finland. To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Saarijarvi online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Kuopio to Saarijarvi in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. You will leave for Ahtari on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Saarijarvi

Nature Parks Fun & Games
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Ahtari

Ahtari ©
Ähtäri is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the Southern Ostrobothnia region. On the 5th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Taidekeskus Harri.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ahtari online route planner .

You can drive from Saarijarvi to Ahtari in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Ahtari

Outdoors Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Virrat, Church of Keuruu, Taidekeskus Harri
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Marttinen ©
Marttinen
Taidekeskus Harri ©
Taidekeskus Harri
Church of Keuruu ©
Church of Keuruu

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nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, head off the coast to Vepsa Island, and then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Turku online trip planner .

You can drive from Ahtari to Turku in 4 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Room Escape Games

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night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Tallipihan Suklaapuoti ©
Tallipihan Suklaapuoti

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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 10th (Thu), look for gifts at Artisaani, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, then wander the streets of Katajanokka, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Observatory Hill Park and then tee off at Tapiola Golf.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Golf Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tapiola Golf
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Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Tapiola Golf ©
Tapiola Golf

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