8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
2
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 1 night
train + Fly:  7​h
End: Manchester

1
night
Helsinki

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stop by Taiga Colors.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip builder website .

Manchester, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Fun & Games Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Room Escape Games
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, hike along Hiidenvuori, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kouvola trip itinerary builder website .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Hiidenvuori
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 23rd (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 24th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kuusamo journey planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kuusamo in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm ©
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Kuusamo to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

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