9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
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Turku
— 1 night
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Helsinki — 3 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.
Helsinki is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, make a trip to Senate Square, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip planning app.

Edinburgh, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Edinburgh to Helsinki is 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) 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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Makravaara Hill, explore the activities along Pielinen, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Koli National Park. August in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.
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Savonlinna — 1 night

The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then examine the collection at Finnish Forest Museum Lusto, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Savonlinna attractions planner.

Getting from Koli National Park to Savonlinna by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can fly to Turku.
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Turku — 1 night

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 13th (Sun), learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planning site.

You can fly from Savonlinna to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. August in Turku sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) 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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