17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Lieksa
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Paris

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 4th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Main Building of Military School, admire the striking features of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, then delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Main Church.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kouvola itinerary app .

Paris, France to Kouvola is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Paris to Kouvola, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Paris in August: highs in Kouvola hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hamina, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
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. Get in touch with nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Uhrihalkeama. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parppeinvaaran Runokyla and Myllymuseo. Get out of town with these interesting Lieksa side-trips: Juuka (Paalasmaan Surukivi & Juuan ev.lut Kirkko) and Nurmes Church (in Nurmes). It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Pielisen Museum and don't miss a visit to Paateri.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lieksa trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Kouvola to Lieksa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daytime highs in Lieksa are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Juuka, Parppeinvaaran Runokyla, Nurmes Church, Uhrihalkeama
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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. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

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You can drive from Lieksa to Vaasa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. August in Vaasa sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Parks Nature
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1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

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Traveling by car from Vaasa to Turku takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. 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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

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You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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 13th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Tampere City Library, Metso. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), contemplate the long history of Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, then brush up on your military savvy at Parola Tank Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere online travel route planner .

Take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 16th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Tohmajarven kirkko, then take in the history at Salpa Line, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna attractions planner .

You can drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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