9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
bus:  45​min
1
Porvoo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Mikkeli
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Helsinki

1
night
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula), then steep yourself in history at Castle Hill, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Porvoo, and finally make a trip to Porvoo Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Porvoo trip planner.

Helsinki to Porvoo is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. July in Porvoo sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Porvoo

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula), Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto
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Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula) ©
Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula)
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get outside with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot, step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, and then admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Lappeenranta online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Porvoo to Lappeenranta takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Imatra
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Kolovesi National Park. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna online vacation planner .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Siikalahti Wetland, Kolovesi National Park, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, then hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then hike along Akka-Koli Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Paha-Koli Hill and then get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Koli National Park journey maker .

Drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. In July in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids

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night
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 12th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Cathedral, head outdoors with Anjan Puisto, and then go for a walk through Neitvuori.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mikkeli trip app .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Mikkeli in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Neitvuori ©
Neitvuori
Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral

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