8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 1 day
Drive
2
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive
3
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly

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Helsinki

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 3.5 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Mumbai in October: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 10°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games
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Imatra

— 1 night
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, step off the mainland to explore Malonsaari, head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tainionkosken Church.

To find more things to do and tourist information, use the Imatra trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Helsinki to Imatra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Imatra are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Imatra

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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Koli National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, then explore the activities along Pielinen, and then see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then hike along Akka-Koli Hill.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Imatra to Koli National Park in 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, head outdoors with Karhunkierros, and then relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Koli National Park in October, plan for little chillier days in Kuusamo, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."