18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route maker

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Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Vaasa
— 1 night
Fly
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
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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.
Get outdoors at Nuuksio National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto in Vantaa, approximately Vantaa away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary maker website.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Turku Airport and Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to fly to Vaasa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:

Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Vaasa trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to fly to Kouvola.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 29 — 30:

Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Escape the urban bustle at Repovesi National Park and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Change things up with these side-trips from Kouvola: Hiidenvuori (in Iitti) and Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla).

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kouvola driving holiday planner.

Getting from Vaasa to Kouvola by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. August in Kouvola sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 2:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 3rd (Fri), hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Saariselka online journey planner.

You can fly from Kouvola to Saariselka in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, Saariselka is a bit cooler than Kouvola - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Trails · Nature · Winter Sports · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 3:
Highlights from your trip

Kuusamo

— 3 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Take a break from the city and head to Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours and Karhunkierros. Get out of town with these interesting Kuusamo side-trips: Korouoma Canyon (in Posio) and Pieni Karhunkierros Trail (in Juuma). It doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours and explore the activities along Wanha Raatesalmi.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo route maker website.

You can drive from Saariselka to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. September in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:

Koli National Park

— 5 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 Akka-Koli Hill. Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. There's still lots to do: hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Makravaara Hill, explore the activities along Pielinen, and examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park route planner.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Koli National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In September in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 11:

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."