20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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20 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Oulu
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

4
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Explore hidden gems such as Teijo national park and Aurinkolahti Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo). Pack the 31st (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hietaranta Beach, and look for gifts at Pien.

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Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Eastern European Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Sydney in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Teijo national park, Cathedral of Porvoo
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

4
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Get some cultural insight at Olavinlinna Castle and Paaskylahden kirkko. Attractions like Lammassaari Island and Siikalahti Wetland make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Savonlinna: Imatra (Imatra Waterfall & Malonsaari), Punkaharju Ridge (in Punkaharju) and Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, make a trip to Riihisaari, and examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna driving holiday planning app .

You can drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Imatra, Punkaharju, Linnansaari National Park, Siikalahti Wetland, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

4
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Visiting Venajanhiekka and Ukko-Koli Hill will get you outdoors. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. Go for a jaunt from Koli National Park to Tahkovuori to see Tahko Farmi about 1h 40 min away.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Koli National Park day trip site .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Venajanhiekka, Tahko Farmi
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Visit Haukipudas Church and Kauppahalli for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Raahe Museum and Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, explore the world behind art at Oulun Taidemuseo, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral.

For maps and other tourist information, go to the Oulu trip planner .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. August in Oulu sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Haukipudas Church, Koitelinkoski, Raahe Museum
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Raahe Museum ©
Raahe Museum
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): enjoy some diversion at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles and then admire the sheer force of Auttikongas.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi road trip planner.

You can take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Nature Parks Theme Parks
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles