17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Kathmandu
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
3
Akaslompolo
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
7
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Kathmandu

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then wander the streets of Katajanokka, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner .

Kathmandu, Nepal to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kathmandu to Helsinki is minus 3 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kathmandu in August, with highs in Helsinki at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get outdoors at Tulliniemi Nature Path and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Get some cultural insight at Turku Castle and Naantali Old Town. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, gain interesting insight with Ett Hem Museum, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Turku online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. August in Turku sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tulliniemi Nature Path, Naantali Old Town
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
day
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo
On the 14th (Wed), get outside with Seven Fells Up and then get outside with Scandinavian Adventures.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Turku to Akaslompolo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Turku in August, with highs in Akaslompolo at 19°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors
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2
nights
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Amethyst Mine Lapland and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Luosto. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Pyhatunturi trip website .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Pyhatunturi in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Pyhatunturi can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Nature Parks
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tampere visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pyhatunturi to Tampere. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. You will leave for Lappeenranta on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas ©
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas

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nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, and then see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, identify plant and animal life at Lammassaari Island, and then head outdoors with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lappeenranta tour itinerary builder .

Drive from Tampere to Lappeenranta in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In August in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Imatra, Salpa Line Museum
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 21st (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, then go for a walk through Linden Esplanade, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kouvola trip site .

Take a train from Lappeenranta to Kouvola in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church ©
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

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