16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Levi
— 1 night
Fly
6
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly
7
Vaasa
— 1 night
Train
8
Tampere
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki tour itinerary planning website.

Doha, Qatar to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Doha to Helsinki. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Doha in July; daily highs in Helsinki reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 28th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Woikosken Automuseo, then explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Tykkimaki Amusement Park and then hike along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kouvola trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Helsinki to Kouvola by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kouvola are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:

Koli National Park

— 3 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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Paha-Koli Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Koli National Park online attractions planner.

Drive from Kouvola to Koli National Park in 5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 1:

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 2nd (Sun): get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, then examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stroll through Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, have some family-friendly fun at G2 ICEKARTING, and then hit the slopes at Levi Ski Resort.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Levi driving holiday website.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 4:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop and then fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka travel route planner.

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August in Saariselka, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 5:
Highlights from your trip

Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, and then get your game on at Makeitout.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Vaasa journey planner.

You can fly from Saariselka to Vaasa in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Vaasa sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 6:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): let the kids burn off some steam at Duck Park (Sorsapuisto), identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and then have some family-friendly fun at PortaaliVR.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

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."