22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
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Imatra
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

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Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Helsinki. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 12th (Thu), hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, don't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town, then see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, then let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Pori (Kirjurinluoto & Herrainpaivat Beach). Pack the 17th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, and make a trip to Nasinneula Tower.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 17:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, then browse the exhibits of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, then explore the striking landscape at Hiidenvuori, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Kouvola visit site.

Drive from Tampere to Kouvola in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 19:

Imatra

— 2 nights
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): make a trip to Viewing Platform in Puumala, explore the striking landscape at Kummakivi Boulder, then identify plant and animal life at Siikalahti Wetland, and finally steep yourself in history at Parikkalan kirkko. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski, admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Nicholas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Tainionkosken Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Malonsaari, and finally make a trip to Ruokolahden Kellotapuli.

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You can drive from Kouvola to Imatra in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Imatra, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:

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: hike along Paha-Koli Hill, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Koli National Park visit app.

Drive from Imatra to Koli National Park in 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 24:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 25th (Wed), experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then identify plant and animal life at Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, then get outside with Karhunkierros, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland. On the next day, wander the wide-open spaces of Kujala Reindeer Farm, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kuusamo itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. August in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:

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 27th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and finally Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ranua Zoo.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi route planner.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."