19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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19 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Fly:  4​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Luosto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Suomussalmi
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Lieksa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Joensuu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Mikkeli
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
8
Kouvola
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Helsinki
— 3 nights
End: Helsinki


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1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi itinerary builder app .

Helsinki to Rovaniemi is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in August, you will find days in Rovaniemi are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Luosto.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Luosto

Luosto ©
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
On the 17th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Museum - Gallery Alariesto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sodankyla, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park. On the next day, take in breathtaking views at Isokuru and then do some two-wheel cruising with Luosto Adventures.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Luosto trip planner .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Luosto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Luosto sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Luosto

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sodankyla
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Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Luosto to Saariselka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Suomussalmi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, Gold Prospector Museum
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

1
day
Suomussalmi

Suomussalmi ©
Suomussalmi is a municipality in Finland and is located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Martinselkonen Wilds Centre and then get engrossed in the history at Winter War Museum Raatteen Portti.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Suomussalmi trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Suomussalmi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Suomussalmi

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Winter War Museum Raatteen Portti ©
Winter War Museum Raatteen Portti

1
night
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. On the 22nd (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Era Eero, see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Paateri.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lieksa day trip planner.

You can drive from Suomussalmi to Lieksa in 4 hours. In August in Lieksa, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Lieksa

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Era Eero ©
Era Eero
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum
Paateri ©
Paateri

2
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. On the 23rd (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Utra Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joensuu Church, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Valamo Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Taitokortteli, examine the collection at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, then hunt for treasures at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), and finally admire the natural beauty at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Joensuu online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Lieksa to Joensuu in 2 hours. August in Joensuu sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Joensuu

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

New Valamo Monastery
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New Valamo Monastery ©
New Valamo Monastery
Taitokortteli ©
Taitokortteli
Joensuu Church ©
Joensuu Church

2
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take a stroll around Art Centre Salmela, head outdoors with Anjan Puisto, and then get into the urban bustle at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Communications Centre Lokki, then explore the striking landscape at The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, and finally take a memorable drive along Lietvesi Scenic Road.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mikkeli trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Joensuu to Mikkeli in 3 hours. August in Mikkeli sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Outdoors Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lietvesi Scenic Road, The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, Art Centre Salmela
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Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 27th (Tue), find something for the whole family at Tykkimaki Amusement Park. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, then get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, and then identify plant and animal life at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kouvola trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Mikkeli to Kouvola takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Kouvola are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Kouvola

Theme Parks Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Arboretum Mustila
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Tykkimaki Amusement Park ©
Tykkimaki Amusement Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 29th (Thu), look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. On your second day here, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Kouvola to Tampere takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Market Square Kauppatori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Linnanmaki Amusement Park.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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