19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Rovaniemi
— 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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Mikkeli
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Fly
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then have fun at Santa Claus Office, then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and finally let little ones run wild at Angry Birds Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then get curious at Pilke Science Centre.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip maker tool.

Brussels, Belgium to Rovaniemi is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Brussels in August, expect Rovaniemi to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 18:

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, make a trip to Paateri, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

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Getting from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In August in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna attractions planning tool.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Savonlinna in 3 hours. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 22:

Mikkeli

— 2 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 23rd (Sun), take some stellar pictures from Neitvuori, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. George Church, then pause for some photo ops at Mannerheim Statue, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at Communications Centre Lokki, then make a trip to Naisvuori Observation Tower, then don't miss a visit to Viewing Platform in Puumala, and finally contemplate the long history of The Astuvansalmi rock paintings.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mikkeli tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Mikkeli takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Mikkeli, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 24:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, see the interesting displays at Kouvola Tube Radio Museum, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park.

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Drive from Mikkeli to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rauma (Old Rauma & The Church of the Holy Cross) and Bonk Museum (in Uusikaupunki). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, and learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Turku trip website.

Getting from Kouvola to Turku by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, make a trip to Senate Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Helsinki tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 3:

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."