17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Family-friendly places like Kiutakongas Rapids and Shopping Center Kumpare will thrill your kids. Get in touch with nature at Riisitunturi National Park and Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. There's more to do: explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

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Vancouver, Canada to Kuusamo is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 10 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in August; daily highs in Kuusamo reach 20°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Ukko-Koli Hill and Paha-Koli Hill. Step off the beaten path and head to Akka-Koli Hill and Rasavaara Observation tower. There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, and take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park visit planner.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Koli National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. August in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 12th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visit Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Pyhan Birgitan kirkko for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hatanpaa Arboretum and Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi) and Laukko Manor (in Vesilahti). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, shop like a local with Galleria Ronga, kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere tour planning tool.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 15:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku Castle and Old Rauma are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Family-friendly places like Turku Cathedral and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Ruokapuoti Lumo (in Rauma) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, steep yourself in history at Abo Akademi, shop like a local with Galleria Joella, and admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Nature · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:

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."