12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  22​h
1
Saariselka
— Few hours
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Vaasa
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  13​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

few
hours
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop and then explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka road trip planning site .

Philadelphia, USA to Saariselka is an approximately 22-hour flight. Traveling from Philadelphia to Saariselka, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in June, expect Saariselka to be colder, temps between 57°F and 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Saariselka

Trails Winter Sports Parks
Highlights from your plan
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

2
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Get in touch with nature at Akka-Koli Hill and Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. There's still lots to do: get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, stroll through Herajarvi Hiking Trail, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lieksa trip maker website .

Drive from Saariselka to Lieksa in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Saariselka in June: highs in Lieksa hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Koli National Park
Highlights from your plan
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto

1
day
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Vaasa day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Lieksa to Vaasa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. June in Vaasa sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum, and then stroll through Yyteri Beach.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Pori trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Pori takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum

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night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 8th (Mon), stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Pori to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. June in Tampere sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©

4
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nuuksio National Park and Bellevue Beach. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Inkoon kirkko in Inkoo, about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukion Church.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Helsinki road trip planner .

Take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in June, and nighttime lows around 50°F. You will leave for home on the 12th (Fri).

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Inkoon kirkko, Bellevue Beach, Nuuksio National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach

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