8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland planner

Make it your trip
— 3 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Milan



— 3 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip website.

Milan, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Milan to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Milan in August, with highs in Helsinki at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
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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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, explore the activities along Pielinen, stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

To plan Koli National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park with the Route module. August in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 4th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing and then stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tampere route builder.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Tampere in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In September, daytime highs in Tampere are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military 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."