22 days in North Karelia, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

22 days in North Karelia, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

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Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Joensuu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 5 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 10 nights
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pielisen Museum and Uhrihalkeama. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, and hike along Paha-Koli Hill.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park road trip app.

Toronto, Canada to Koli National Park is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Toronto to Koli National Park. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Toronto in June, with highs in Koli National Park at 20°C and lows at 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Joensuu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 9:

Joensuu

— 2 nights
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, tour the pleasant surroundings at Honkaniemi Beach, then kick back and relax at Utra Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joensuu Church, then admire the masterpieces at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, and then examine the collection at Old Mine Mining Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Joensuu day trip app.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Joensuu takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Joensuu

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 11:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get a sense of the local culture at Turku Castle and Old Rauma. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Cathedral and The Church of the Holy Cross. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Salo (Mathildedalin Kylapanimo & Mathildedalin Ruukkitehtaat) and Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island (in Rauma). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, get engrossed in the history at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, and admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Turku planner.

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Turku takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June in Turku, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 16:

Helsinki

— 10 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Temppeliaukio Church and Kamppi Chapel of Silence will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Linna Golf & Country Club (in Hameenlinna), Tampere (Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, Tea Shop Veistrom, &more) and Kotka (Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, Linden Esplanade, &more). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, visit Katajanokka, and walk around The Esplanadi Park.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki sightseeing tool.

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 26:

North Karelia travel guide

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Hiking Trails · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
North Karelia is a region in eastern Finland. It borders the regions of Kainuu, Northern Savonia, Southern Savonia and South Karelia, as well as Russia.The city of Joensuu is the capital of North Karelia.North Karelia is renowned among public health officials. In the 1960s Finland led industrialized nations in heart disease mortality rates; North Karelia had Finland's highest incidence. In 1972 a long-term project was undertaken which targeted this risk in North Karelia. The resulting improvement in public health is still considered remarkable, a model for the rest of the nation.MunicipalitiesThe region of North Karelia is made up of 13 municipalities, of which four have city status (marked in bold).Joensuu sub-region: Ilomantsi (5,693)Joensuu (74,475)Juuka (5,355)Kontiolahti (14,104)Liperi (12,288)Outokumpu (7,396)Polvijärvi (4,772) Central Karelia sub-region: Kitee (9,083)Rääkkylä (2,528)Tohmajärvi (4,975)Pielinen Karelia sub-region: Lieksa (12,568)Nurmes (8,358)Valtimo (2,438)

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