17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly
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Pori
— 1 night
Drive
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Vaasa
— 1 night
Fly
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Kouvola
— 4 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Brussels

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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Kids will enjoy Temppeliaukio Church and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online tour itinerary planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Helsinki is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 29:

Koli National Park

— 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Paha-Koli Hill and Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. The adventure continues: hike along Akka-Koli Hill, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, and stroll through Makravaara Hill.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park online trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park. In July in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 2:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Outdoors Oulu Oy. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Ainolan Puisto, stroll through Hupisaaret Park, and then admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Oulu online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can fly to Pori.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 5th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach and then kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Pori trip planner.

You can fly from Oulu to Pori in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 5:

Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Vaasa road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Pori to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can fly to Kouvola.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 6:

Kouvola

— 4 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Visiting Repovesi National Park and Arboretum Mustila will get you outdoors. Family-friendly places like Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Riverside Park will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Kouvola: Hiidenvuori (in Iitti) and Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla).

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kouvola journey maker site.

You can fly from Vaasa to Kouvola in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 10:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."