12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
4
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly

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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, then find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle, and finally let little ones run wild at Angry Birds Park. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

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Tel Aviv, Israel to Rovaniemi is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in August; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Childrens Museums

Koli National Park

— 3 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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, trek along Akka-Koli Hill, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Koli National Park holiday builder site.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 14th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna route planner.

Drive from Koli National Park to Savonlinna in 3 hours. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 15th (Sun), grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Turku takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Helsinki

— 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 19th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip planning app.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks

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."