17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Joensuu
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  25 h
End: Melbourne

4
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.
Pack the 27th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect Helsinki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 1st (Sun), pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, steep yourself in history at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, thenpause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip website.

Drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Joensuu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

1
night
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. On the 2nd (Mon), see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, don't miss a visit to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joensuu Church, thenstop by Taitokortteli, and finally stop by Kauppakeskus Iso Myy.

To find out how to plan a trip to Joensuu, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Savonlinna to Joensuu by car takes about 2 hours. July in Joensuu sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Joensuu

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Taitokortteli ©
Taitokortteli
Joensuu Church ©
Joensuu Church
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma ©
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
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.
On the 3rd (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. On your second day here, trek along Ukko-Koli Hill and then explore the activities along Pielinen.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park trip planner.

Drive from Joensuu to Koli National Park in 1.5 hours. July in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Pielinen

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 5th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, thentest your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kuopio trip planner.

Drive from Koli National Park to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Room Escape Games
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 6th (Fri), get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Keep things going the next day: stop by Alko, browse the range of quality goods at City Sokos, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Suolijarvi Beach.

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

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Tampere takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daytime highs in Tampere are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Childrens Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
City Sokos ©
City Sokos

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 8th (Sun), have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, thenstep into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Turku holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 10th (Tue), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Turku to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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