9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
2
Punkaharju
— 2 nights
3
Joensuu
— 2 nights
4
Kuopio
— 1 night
5
Ahtari
— 1 night

2
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Attractions like Sandcastle Lappeenranta and Saimaa Canal make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Repovesi National Park in Kouvola (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, pause for some serene contemplation at Nuijamaa Church, see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski, and admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lappeenranta online vacation builder.

Helsinki to Lappeenranta is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Punkaharju.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Imatra, Repovesi National Park
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

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Punkaharju

Punkaharju ©
Punkaharju is a former municipality of Finland. On the 31st (Fri), appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Punkaharju Ridge, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, shop like a local with Retretti Art Centre, then walk around The Parikkala Sculpture Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parikkalan kirkko.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Punkaharju trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Punkaharju takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Joensuu.

Things to do in Punkaharju

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, hunt for treasures at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), then see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joensuu Church. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find your balance on the water with Arctic Trainers SUP-center and then take in the spiritual surroundings of New Valamo Monastery.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Joensuu trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Punkaharju to Joensuu in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Joensuu

Historic Sites · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

New Valamo Monastery
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New Valamo Monastery ©
New Valamo Monastery
Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla
Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, then examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, then contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, and finally ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kuopio trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Joensuu to Kuopio in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Kuopio are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ahtari.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Parks · Nature
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Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall
RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland ©

1
night
Ahtari

Ahtari ©
Ähtäri is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the Southern Ostrobothnia region. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): meet the residents at Ahtari Zoo.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ahtari online itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kuopio to Ahtari in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Kuopio in August, Ahtari is slightly colder at night with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ahtari

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Ahtari Zoo ©
Ahtari Zoo

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