12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
3
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Turku
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip site.

Linton, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Linton to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can fly to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 13th (Fri), examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays 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, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, don't miss a visit to Paateri, stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.
On the 17th (Tue), get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo, let little ones run wild at Angry Birds Park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planning tool.

Drive from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. August in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally take an in-depth tour of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Turku journey builder.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military 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."