8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Pori
— 1 night
Fly
3
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive
4
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Rome

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Helsinki — 2 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nuuksio National Park and Haagan Alppiruusupuisto. Appreciate the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Arctic Expedition in Espoo (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, wander the streets of Katajanokka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip builder.

Rome, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Helsinki. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Rome in August: highs in Helsinki hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Pori.
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Pori — 1 night

Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): examine the collection at Villa Mairea, kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then stroll through Yyteri Beach.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Pori online holiday planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Pori by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. August in Pori sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can fly to Oulu.
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Oulu — 1 night

Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral, then stroll through Nallikari Beach, then cast your line with Finnaction, and finally stroll around Hupisaaret Park.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Oulu tour planner.

Getting from Pori to Oulu by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Koli National Park.
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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.
On the 15th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, and then stroll through Akka-Koli Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Makravaara Hill, stroll through Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip planner.

Getting from Oulu to Koli National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. August in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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