8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland visit planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
3
Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly

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Helsinki

— 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 landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki driving holiday planning tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in August: highs in Helsinki hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 8:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 9:

Koli National Park

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): trek along Paha-Koli Hill, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, then hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Koli National Park online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. In August in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 10:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): 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.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi tour app.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In August, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

Finland travel guide

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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."