20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Arboretum Mustila. Attractions like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Aurinkolahti Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and look for gifts at Pien Shop & Bar.

Discover how to plan a Helsinki trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Helsinki. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between 25°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Cathedral of Porvoo, Teijo National Park, Arboretum Mustila
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Olavinlinna Castle and Linnansaari National Park. Kerimaki Church and Pikkukirkko will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Savonlinna: Imatra (Imatra Waterfall, Lammassaari Island, &more), Punkaharju Ridge (in Punkaharju) and Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, get all the information you need at Riihisaari, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna route planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
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.
Visiting Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Paha-Koli Hill will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Pielinen. Get out of town with these interesting Koli National Park side-trips: Venajanhiekka (in Rautavaara) and Tahko Farmi (in Tahkovuori). There's more to do: trek along Ukko-Koli Hill.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Koli National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. August in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Venajanhiekka, Tahko Farmi
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Step out of the city life by going to Nallikari Beach and Koitelinkoski. Step off the beaten path and head to Kauppahalli and Hupisaaret Park. When in Oulu, make a side trip to see Raahe Museum in Raahe, approximately Raahe away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Oulun Taidemuseo, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, pause for some serene contemplation at Haukipudas Church, and admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Oulu online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In August, daytime highs in Oulu are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

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

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): get your game on at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles and then take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 2.5 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. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Theme Parks
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

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