17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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1
Kouvola
— 2 nights
2
Lieksa
— 3 nights
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
4
Turku
— 1 night
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
6
Tampere
— 2 nights
7
Savonlinna
— 3 nights

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. On the next day, expand your understanding of the military at Main Building of Military School, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, thenget to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, thendelve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Main Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kouvola road trip planner.

Paris, France to Kouvola is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Paris in August, you will find days in Kouvola are slightly colder (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hamina, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
Main Building of Military School ©
Main Building of Military School

3
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parppeinvaaran Runokyla and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Myllymuseo and Pielisen Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lieksa: Juuka (Paalasmaan Surukivi & Juuan ev.lut Kirkko), Uhrihalkeama (in Koli National Park) and Nurmes Church (in Nurmes). There's more to do: make a trip to Paateri.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lieksa online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Lieksa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Lieksa

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Juuka, Parppeinvaaran Runokyla, Uhrihalkeama, Nurmes Church
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum
Uhrihalkeama ©
Uhrihalkeama

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 9th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Vaasa route app.

Traveling by car from Lieksa to Vaasa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August in Vaasa, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site

1
night
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 10th (Sat): examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History, thenget engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, thenget engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Turku vacation planner.

Getting from Vaasa to Turku by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites
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Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Kylamaki Village of Living History ©
Kylamaki Village of Living History

3
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 11th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, thencontemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Helsinki online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Cathedral of Porvoo
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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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 13th (Tue): examine the collection at Tampere City Library, Metso. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), explore the galleries of Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, thenexamine the collection at The Parola Armour Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mantta-Vilppula, The Parola Armour Museum, The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, Birthplace of Jean Sibelius
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Tampere City Library, Metso ©
Tampere City Library, Metso
Serlachius Museum Gustaf ©
Serlachius Museum Gustaf
Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art ©
Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art

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nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, thenpause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tohmajarven kirkko, thencontemplate the long history of Salpa Line, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli.

Before you visit Savonlinna, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Tohmajarven kirkko, Salpa Line
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Tohmajarven kirkko ©
Tohmajarven kirkko
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

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