17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vaasa
— 1 night
Fly
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Kouvola
— 4 nights
Drive

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Helsinki — 4 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Temppeliaukio Church and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna will thrill your kids. Step out of the city life by going to Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto and Dive Finland Oy. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, stroll around The Esplanadi Park, and browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

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If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major aiports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Turku Airport and Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.
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Koli National Park — 5 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Paha-Koli Hill and Akka-Koli Hill. There's still lots to do: hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Koli National Park online trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park with the Route module. In August, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Oulu.
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Oulu — 2 nights

Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 11th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, and then get all the equipment you need at Outdoors Oulu Oy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, stroll around Ainolan Puisto, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hupisaaret Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Oulu road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vaasa.
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Vaasa — 1 night

Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

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Drive from Oulu to Vaasa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Kouvola.
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Kouvola — 4 nights

Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get outdoors at Repovesi National Park and Arboretum Mustila. Family-friendly places like Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Tykkimaki Amusement Park will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Kouvola: Imatra (Imatrankoski & Imatra Waterfall). There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kouvola trip planning site.

You can fly from Vaasa to Kouvola in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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Finland travel guide

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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."
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