22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kouvola
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Kouvola
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puumala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Parikkala
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Kouvola

— 4 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Take a break from Kouvola with a short trip to Vesijärvi harbor in Lahti, about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 31st (Sun) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kouvola travel planner.

Paris, France to Kouvola is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paris to Kouvola. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Paris in July; daily highs in Kouvola reach 24°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 3:

Lappeenranta

— 2 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the activities along Saimaa Canal and then admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at Tohtorikalat Jalkahoitola, then step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and then examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lappeenranta day trip planning site.

You can drive from Kouvola to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Puumala.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Nature · Spas · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 5:

Puumala

— 2 nights
On the 6th (Sat), explore and take pictures at Lietvesi Scenic Road and then make a trip to The Astuvansalmi rock paintings. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Viewing Platform in Puumala, then snap pictures at Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Puumala online route planner.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Puumala by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August in Puumala, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Parikkala.

Things to do in Puumala

Scenic Drive · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:

Parikkala

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Siikalahti Wetland and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Parikkala Sculpture Park.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Parikkala trip app.

Traveling by car from Puumala to Parikkala takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Parikkala can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Parikkala

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 8:
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Koli National Park

— 4 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.
Explore Koli National Park's surroundings by going to New Valamo Monastery (in Heinavesi) and Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden (in Joensuu). The adventure continues: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Koli National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Parikkala to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. August in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 12:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 13th (Sat), hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Oulu Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: take a spin around town with Outdoors Oulu Oy, then stroll around Ainolan Puisto, and then appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Oulu trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:

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 15th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Marttyyrikeisarinna Aleksandran Kirkko, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, and then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. On your second day here, trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally explore the galleries of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Turku attractions planner.

Fly from Oulu to Turku in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:

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.
Pack the 20th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, snap pictures at Rakkauden Silta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and walk around The Esplanadi Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 20:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."