16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Rimini
train + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Lieksa
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Vaasa
— 1 night
Fly + train:  4​h
6
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Rimini

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Nuuksio National Park and Hiidenkirnut. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip planning website .

Rimini, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 9-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Rimini to Helsinki is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rimini in August, with highs in Helsinki at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Hiidenkirnut
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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 6th (Tue): walk around Kultaranta Garden, trek along The Archipelago Trail, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral and then head off the coast to Uto.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Turku online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Kultaranta Garden
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Julma Olkky and then head outdoors with Karhunkierros.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Turku to Kuusamo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Turku in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kuusamo: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros
Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky

4
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 Paha-Koli Hill and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. When in Lieksa, make a side trip to see Koli Shop Retkitupa in Koli, approximately 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lieksa trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Kuusamo to Lieksa in 5.5 hours. August in Lieksa sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli Shop Retkitupa
Highlights from your plan
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Vaasa trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Lieksa to Vaasa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get some historical perspective at The Astuvansalmi rock paintings and Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum. Visiting Repovesi National Park and Hiidenvuori will get you outdoors. Take a break from Kouvola with a short trip to Santalahti Nature Trail in Kotka, about 52 minutes away. It doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kouvola journey site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Vaasa to Kouvola takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. August in Kouvola sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kotka, The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, Hiidenvuori
Highlights from your plan
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

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