18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kouvola
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive
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Imatra
— 1 night
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Pori
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 1 night
Drive
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Explore Kouvola's surroundings by going to Kotka (Sapokka Water Garden & Riverside Park). Spend the 2nd (Tue) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and see the interesting displays at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kouvola trip itinerary planning site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Kouvola is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Kouvola due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Dubai in August, with highs in Kouvola at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:

Imatra

— 1 night
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
On the 5th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas, and then admire the engineering at Imatrankoski.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Imatra driving holiday planner.

Drive from Kouvola to Imatra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 5:

Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 6th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): stroll through Siikalahti Wetland and then don't miss a visit to Rapio Mill.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna holiday maker website.

You can drive from Imatra to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:

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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, trek along Akka-Koli Hill, soothe aching muscles at Koli Relax Spa, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 11th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, and then stop by Hameenkatu.

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Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Tampere takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 11:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 12th (Fri), stroll through Yyteri Beach and then stroll through Herrainpaivat Beach.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Pori trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Pori takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:

Turku

— 1 night
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 13th (Sat): hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and finally examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

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Getting from Pori to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 13:

Helsinki

— 5 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.
Pack the 17th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 18:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."