8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland planner

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Bus to Boston, Fly to Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
Koli National Park
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Portland



— 4 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.
Pack the 15th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online tour planner.

Portland, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Portland to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Portland in July, things will get slightly colder in Helsinki: highs are around 71°F and lows about 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks
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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.
On the 16th (Fri), trek along Paha-Koli Hill, trek along Akka-Koli Hill, trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park holiday planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Koli National Park. In July, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife
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— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 17th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kouvola day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Kouvola takes 5 hours. July in Kouvola sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."