12-Day Finland Road Trip from Helsinki to Lappeenranta, Varkaus, Jyvaskyla, Tampere, and Turku

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12 days & 11 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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11 nights included
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12 days included
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Description

Explore the best of Finland on a 12-day road trip! Uncover hidden gems and experience the rich culture firsthand as you journey through Helsinki, Kotka, Lappeenranta, Parikkala, Savonlinna, Imatra, Varkaus, Kuopio, Jyvaskyla, Raikku, Mänttä-Vilppula, Tampere, and Turku. This road trip itinerary in Finland seamlessly combines exploration with relaxation.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in Finland takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 5 nights in Helsinki, 1 night in Lappeenranta, 1 night in Varkaus, 1 night in Jyvaskyla, 2 nights in Tampere, and 1 night in Turku. Anticipate well-spent days sightseeing, eating delicious food, and experiencing the highlights of each destination!

With this travel package, you can choose from an extensive selection of accommodations along your road trip route in Finland. We have handpicked the best hotels and places to stay across the country, including options for each budget. Whether you are in the mood for luxurious 5-star hotels or budget-friendly bed and breakfasts, we have got you covered.

Upon arriving in Helsinki, the rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for collection. From there, the road trip can begin! Experience the ultimate freedom and uncover Finland on your own terms.

An expertly curated travel plan makes sure you don’t miss out on any of the best things to see and do on your road trip in Finland. Kauppatori and Senate Square are just a couple of the bucket-list attractions that await your discovery.

As you hit the open road and drive through Helsinki, Kotka, Lappeenranta, Parikkala, Savonlinna, Imatra, Varkaus, Kuopio, Jyvaskyla, Raikku, Mänttä-Vilppula, Tampere, and Turku, you will also enjoy plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of Finland. Whether you are exploring enchanting towns and villages, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there is always something new and exciting to experience in Finland.

Throughout your road trip in Finland, take breaks from sightseeing to explore your favorite destinations' top shopping streets and markets. Discover unique souvenirs that will forever remind you of your self-drive adventure in Finland.

This package offers an all-in-one solution for your trip planning - choose flights, a rental car, accommodation, attractions, and tours that suit your needs and desires. You can customize each day of your road trip itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking.

The best services in Finland fill up quickly, so book your spot early. Select a date and start planning your road trip in Finland today!

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Included

Hotel, 11 nights
Rental car, 12 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Mänttä
Raikku
Helsinki cityscape with Helsinki Cathedral and port, FinlandHelsinki / 5 nights
Varkaus - city in FinlandVarkaus / 1 night
Photo of aerial view of beautiful landscape of lakes and forest in Imatra, Finland.Imatra
Parikkala
Savonlinna - city in FinlandSavonlinna
Kuopio - city in FinlandKuopio
Kotka - city in FinlandKotka
Photo of the town of Lappeenranta from the fortress Linnoitus.Lappeenranta / 1 night
Jyväskylä - city in FinlandJyväskylä / 1 night
Early autumn morning panorama of the Port of Turku, Finland, with Turku Castle at background.Turku / 1 night
Aerial view of the Tampere city at sunset. Tampella building. View over Tammerkoski river in warm sunlight.Tampere / 2 nights

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Attractions

Photo of scenic summer panorama of the Market Square (Kauppatori) at the Old Town pier in Helsinki, Finland.Market Square
Senate Square, Kruununhaka, Southern major district, Helsinki, Helsinki sub-region, Uusimaa, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandSenate Square
Photo of Statue of JL Runeberg, the national poet of Finland, at Esplanadi park avenue in Helsinki, Finland.Esplanadi park
Photo of entrance gate and ticket office of the Korkeasaari Zoo. It is the largest zoo in Finland, located on the island.Korkeasaari Zoo
Photo of aerial View of Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki, Finland.Temppeliaukio Church
Photo of Helsinki Cathedral over city center in spring, Finland.Helsinki Cathedral
Photo of Turku Castle is the largest medieval building in Finland, Turku, Finland.Turku Castle
Photo of art gallery Ateneum. Museum of Finnish, international art.Ateneum
Museum of Contemporary Art KiasmaMuseum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
Photo of the Kaivopuisto park and Harakka island on the background, Helsinki, Finland.Kaivopuisto
Photo of Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral Church in Katajanokka district of the Old Town in Helsinki, Finland.Uspenski Cathedral
Pyynikki Coffee Shop & Observation Tower, Tampere, Tampereen seutukunta, Pirkanmaa, Western and Central Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandPyynikki Coffee Shop & Observation Tower
Photo of the National Museum of Finland ,Helsinki, Finland.National Museum of Finland
Photo of Sibelius Monument (artist Eila Hiltunen, 1967) dedicated to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius in Helsinki Sibelius Park, it consists more than 600 hollow steel pipes, Helsinki, Finland.Sibelius Monument
Photo of Vapriikki Museum, Tampella building. View over Tammerkoski river in warm sunlight, Tampere, Finland.Museum Centre Vapriikki
Photo of bridge to the Olavinlinna Olofsborg, the 15th-century medieval three-tower castle located in Savonlinna, Finland.Olavinlinna Castle
Photo of Natural History museum is located next to Finnish parliament building and attracts tourists all year long, Helsinki, Finland.Finnish Museum of Natural History
Sibelius Park, Taka-Töölö, Southern major district, Helsinki, Helsinki sub-region, Uusimaa, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandSibelius Park
Photo of Scene of Kuopio Market Square, with stalls, the town hall, locals and visitors, in Kuopio, Finland.Kuopio Market Square
Finlayson Factory Area, Tampere, Tampereen seutukunta, Pirkanmaa, Western and Central Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandFinlayson Factory Area
Kaisaniemi ParkKaisaniemi Park
SärkänniemiSärkänniemi
Kupittaa Park, Kupittaa, Keskusta, Turku, Turun seutukunta, Southwest Finland, South-Western Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandKupittaa
Hatanpää Park Arboretum, Tampere, Tampereen seutukunta, Pirkanmaa, Western and Central Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandHatanpää Park Arboretum
Photo of Turku Cathedral in Turku, Finland.Turku Cathedral
Koskipuisto ParkKoskipuisto
Savonlinna Market SquareSavonlinna Market Square
Photo of spillway on hydroelectric power station dam Imatrankoski, Imatra, Finland.Imatrankoski
Vehoniemi Automobile Museum, Kangasala, Tampereen seutukunta, Pirkanmaa, Western and Central Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandVehoniemi automobile museum
Photo of great Public park Sapokka in Kotka town, Finland.Sapokka
Katariina Seaside Park, Kotka, Kotkan–Haminan seutukunta, Kymenlaakso, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandKatariina Seaside Park‎
Moomin Museum, Tampere, Tampereen seutukunta, Pirkanmaa, Western and Central Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandMoomin Museum
Serlachius-museo Gösta, taidemuseo, Mänttä-Vilppula, Ylä-Pirkanmaan seutukunta, Pirkanmaa, Western and Central Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandGösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art
Parikkala Sculpture Park, Parikkala, Imatran seutukunta, South Karelia, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandParikkala Sculpture Park
The Old Great SquareOld Great Square
Adventure Park Seikkailupuisto, Kupittaa, Keskusta, Turku, Turun seutukunta, Southwest Finland, South-Western Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandAdventure Park Seikkailupuisto
Photo of the new sea museum Maritime Centre Vellamo in Kotka, Finland.Maritime Centre Vellamo
Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge, Kotka, Kotkan–Haminan seutukunta, Kymenlaakso, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandLanginkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge
Näsi Park, Tampere, Tampereen seutukunta, Pirkanmaa, Western and Central Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandNäsi Park
Serlachius Museum - Gustaf, Mänttä-Vilppula, Ylä-Pirkanmaan seutukunta, Pirkanmaa, Western and Central Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandSerlachius Museum - Gustaf
Valkeisenlammen puisto
Hapelähde Park, Kuopio, Kuopio sub-region, North Savo, Regional State Administrative Agency for Eastern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandHapelähde Park
Kuopio Art Museum, Kuopio, Kuopio sub-region, North Savo, Regional State Administrative Agency for Eastern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandKuopio Art Museum
Vehoniemi Observation Tower, Kangasala, Tampereen seutukunta, Pirkanmaa, Western and Central Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandVehoniemi observation tower

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Day 1

Day 1 – Helsinki - arrival day

  • Helsinki - Arrival day
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  • Esplanadi park
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Say hello to Helsinki! Your exciting road trip through Finland is just about to start. Navigating the top places to see in the region is a breeze with a car. The rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for pickup upon your arrival in the city. You will stay in Helsinki for 4 nights before you continue your adventure!

Helsinki is a beautiful city with plenty to discover. If you arrive before check-in time or prefer to get started on your sightseeing right away, we recommend checking out Esplanadi park or taking a stroll in the city center. Soak in the lovely atmosphere and sit down for a bit to eat or drink.

Make your way to your chosen hotel. Check-in typically starts between 2 and 4 PM in Helsinki. Make yourself at home and enjoy some downtime before heading out again.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Helsinki. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Enjoy a delicious meal at Lappi Ravintola, a highly-rated dining destination in Helsinki. If you're eager to try something different, consider Restaurant Vltava, another top spot with a tantalizing menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Löyly Helsinki. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s an excellent choice to enhance your stay in Helsinki this evening.

To truly maximize your evening out, consider visiting Base Bar after dinner. This bar is known for offering some of the best drinks and vibes in the city. Alternatively, head to One Pint Pub, another bar with an inviting ambiance. Similarly, Liberty or Death also offers a great atmosphere, ensuring a night filled with enjoyment and relaxation.

Raise a toast to the start of your 12-day road trip in Finland!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Helsinki

  • Helsinki
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Drive 15 km, 1 hour 9 min

  • Korkeasaari Zoo
  • National Museum of Finland
  • Sibelius Park
  • Sibelius Monument
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Day 2 of your road trip across Finland promises a magnificent time exploring Helsinki. You have 3 nights left in Helsinki. Take the opportunity to experience more of the best attractions and activities in the city.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Korkeasaari Zoo. This zoo is a popular stop on travelers’ itineraries in Helsinki, with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 12,452 visitors. Around 498,266 people visit this attraction every year.

National Museum of Finland is another popular place of interest you can visit today. The average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 6,147 reviews gives you an idea of other visitors’ experience at this attraction. It’s estimated that around 447,139 people visit this national museum every year.

If it’s still bright and early, make your way to Sibelius Park. Visitors have rated this park an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 5,509 reviews.

Sibelius Monument is another unique site you can experience today. This attraction is a sculpture rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 6,019 reviews.

One of the most unique ways of discovering what else Helsinki has to offer is by going on a top-rated tour. Be sure to check out all the experiences Helsinki offers and add your favorites to your Finland travel package below.

After a day of adventure, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at one of Helsinki's best restaurants.

Dine in style at Ravintola Nokka, a top recommendation for dinner tonight. Or, for a change of pace, Hotel Kämp boasts a menu that's sure to impress. Also, be sure to check out Ravintola Teerenpeli. Known as a local hotspot, it’s a great choice for tonight in Helsinki.

To truly maximize your evening out, consider visiting Kaisla after dinner. This bar is known for offering some of the best drinks and vibes in the city. Alternatively, head to Beaver Bar, another bar with an inviting ambiance. Similarly, Praha also offers a great atmosphere, ensuring a night filled with enjoyment and relaxation.

Celebrate another amazing day of your road trip adventure in Finland!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Helsinki

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Drive 3 km, 51 min

  • Temppeliaukio Church
  • Finnish Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
  • Ateneum
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Day 3 of your road trip will take you to the best attractions Helsinki has to offer. Cherish the 2 nights you have left in Helsinki by discovering the best things there are to see and do in the city.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Temppeliaukio Church. This extraordinary cave church is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 11,662 visitors.

Next, make your way to Finnish Museum of Natural History. This top attraction is a natural history museum with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 5,155 visitors.

We also recommend a visit to Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. This museum is rated 4.2 out of 5 stars by 7,063 travelers.

If you’re keen to keep exploring, visit Ateneum. This highly recommended sightseeing destination has received an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 7,449 travelers. Around 400,000 people come to experience this place of interest every year.

Don’t forget to check out all the popular tours and activities you can add to your travel plan. Finland is a beautiful travel destination that offers plenty of unique tours that will enhance your vacation experience. Explore and select your activities below.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Helsinki. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

Treat yourself to a delightful dinner at Restaurant Pompier, highly recommended for tonight's dining. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, why not try Kappeli? It's another excellent option with a diverse menu. Consider reserving a table at Restaurant Farang as well. Known for its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an ideal pick for tonight in Helsinki.

Continue the enjoyment post-dinner at The Riff, a cherished local gathering spot renowned for its welcoming atmosphere. Similarly, Roasberg offers a vibrant space for indulging in well-crafted drinks and engaging conversation.

Take some time to reflect on your day and savor another beautiful night in Finland.

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Day 4

Day 4 – Helsinki

  • Helsinki
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Drive 6 km, 45 min

  • Uspenski Cathedral
  • Market Square
  • Senate Square
  • Helsinki Cathedral
  • Kaivopuisto
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Day 4 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Helsinki for 1 night more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

A top pick for your self-guided sightseeing tour today is Uspenski Cathedral. Previous visitors have rated this eastern orthodox cathedral an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 6,146 reviews.

Kauppatori is a local recommendation that you also can pay a visit today. This market square is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 25,097 reviews.

Another attraction you won't want to miss is Senate Square. This point of interest is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 18,455 reviews.

Helsinki Cathedral is another outstanding experience in Helsinki. Around 10,211 travelers have rated this lutheran cathedral an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

If you long for more, Kaivopuisto is not far away. This neighbourhood of helsinki is a lovely addition to your itinerary. Previous visitors have rated it an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 6,621 reviews.

Immerse yourself in the local scene through top-rated tours and activities. You can choose from a wide variety of easy to challenging tours and easily add them to your travel package below.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Helsinki. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Savor the flavors at Bar Loose, a top pick for dinner tonight. Alternatively, Restaurant Merimakasiini beckons with its unique menu offerings. Also, consider Restaurant Elite. With its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an excellent option for dining in Helsinki tonight.

As the day draws to a close, take a moment to unwind and prepare for the next exciting chapter of your road trip in in Finland.

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Day 5

Day 5 – Helsinki, Kotka, and Lappeenranta

  • Lappeenranta
  • Kotka
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Drive 251 km, 3 hours 19 min

  • Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge
  • Katariina Seaside Park‎
  • Sapokka
  • Maritime Centre Vellamo
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On day 5 of your road trip in Finland, you will get a true taste of the freedom a self-drive vacation in Europe entails. Today’s travel plans include stops at the most scenic, wondrous, and interesting places in Kotka. In the evening, you’ll end up in Lappeenranta, where you will stay for 1 night.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Kotka. This car ride takes around 1 hour 35 min.

Make Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge your first stop of the day. Previous visitors have rated this museum an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 1,703 reviews.

Next up, make a stop at Katariina Seaside Park‎. With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,357 visitors, it's easy to understand why so many people visit this park every year.

Sapokka is another attraction you can visit on this day of your vacation. This park has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,810 visitors.

When you’re finished at Sapokka, the perfect next stop is Maritime Centre Vellamo. This maritime museum is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 1,802 reviews.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Lappeenranta, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the city.

After a day of adventure, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at one of Lappeenranta's best restaurants.

Savor the flavors at Angus Steak & Wine, a top pick for dinner tonight. Alternatively, My Bakery Cafe Oy beckons with its unique menu offerings. Also, consider Ravintola Iskender. With its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an excellent option for dining in Lappeenranta tonight.

If you’re not ready to end the night just yet, Lamppu offers a perfect venue to relax and savor a drink. Similarly, Pikku Pete Pub is well-suited for those looking to unwind in a social setting. GI-Ki Oy is another excellent spot to enjoy a nightcap after a delightful meal.

As the day draws to a close, take a moment to unwind and prepare for the next exciting chapter of your road trip in in Finland.

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Day 6

Day 6 – Lappeenranta, Parikkala, Savonlinna, Imatra, and Varkaus

  • Varkaus
  • Parikkala
  • Savonlinna
  • Imatra
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Drive 248 km, 3 hours 21 min

  • Imatrankoski
  • Parikkala Sculpture Park
  • Olavinlinna Castle
  • Savonlinna Market Square
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Dive into day 6 of your remarkable road trip in Finland. Today you will explore Parikkala, Savonlinna, and Imatra, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Varkaus. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

When you arrive in Parikkala, it's time to take a break from the road.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Parikkala Sculpture Park. This sculpture garden is a popular stop on travelers’ itineraries in Parikkala, with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,108 visitors.

After soaking in Savonlinna’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Varkaus. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 1 hour 12 min. When you arrive in Varkaus, it's time to take a break from the road.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Olavinlinna Castle. This stronghold is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 5,676 visitors.

When you’re finished at Olavinlinna Castle, head to Savonlinna Market Square. This one-of-a-kind point of interest is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars in 3,683 reviews.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Varkaus. Varkaus offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Varkaus. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

Esteemed as a restaurant, it features an exceptional menu. Treat yourself to a wonderful meal at Container Restaurant Morton Varkaus, a top-rated dining spot in Varkaus. If you're in the mood for something new, try Terrace Cafe Torni, another premier location with a delectable menu. You might also want to book a table at Sai Gon Kitchen. Known for its consistently satisfied patrons, it’s a perfect choice to elevate your evening in Varkaus.

Keep the excitement of the evening going by going to a bar or two. Ravintola Lännentie 66 Ky is an excellent place to start. You could also check out O'Harry's Irish Bar, offering a different kind of charm. A last recommendation for the day is Next Step. This bar promises an enjoyable experience with tasty drinks and a vibrant setting.

Savor another day of unforgettable experiences in Finland!

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Day 7

Day 7 – Varkaus, Kuopio, and Jyvaskyla

  • Jyväskylä
  • Kuopio
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Drive 226 km, 3 hours 1 min

  • Hapelähde Park
  • Valkeisenlammen puisto
  • Kuopio Art Museum
  • Kuopio Market Square
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 7 of your road trip in Finland. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 1 vibrant destinations - Kuopio. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Jyvaskyla. You will spend 1 night here for some well-deserved relaxation.

When you’ve had your share of Varkaus, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Kuopio. Your travel time is around 58 min.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at Hapelähde Park, a remarkable park where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 547 reviews.

Next, satisfy your wanderlust at Valkeisenlammen puisto. This park has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 784 travelers.

Kuopio Art Museum is another must-visit attraction. This renowned art museum offers a memorable experience, well worth a stop on your self-guided sightseeing tour. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars by 408 travelers, it's one of the more popular places to see in the area.

Beyond the above-mentioned sites, you also have the opportunity to visit Kuopio Market Square. This well-loved market square boasts a 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 5,021 reviews.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Jyvaskyla, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

As you explore more of Jyvaskyla, you'll discover that its culinary landscape is as diverse as its attractions. Whether you're craving traditional dishes bursting with local flavors or innovative creations that push the boundaries of taste, you're sure to find a dining experience that satisfies your cravings.

Don’t miss out on dining at Ravintola Teerenpeli, a top-rated dining destination in Jyvaskyla. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Figaro Restaurant, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Restaurant Frans & Sandra. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Jyvaskyla this evening.

Extend your evening after a delightful meal by visiting Matsi Bar, which offers the perfect atmosphere for a night out. Moreover, Poppari is another popular option for a drink or two. Likewise, Harry's also provides a great ambiance for reminiscing about the day and raising a toast to your vacation.

Relax and reminisce about your day in Finland and look forward to more memorable moments to come!

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Day 8

Day 8 – Jyvaskyla, Raikku, Mänttä-Vilppula, and Tampere

  • Tampere
  • Raikku
  • Mänttä
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Drive 208 km, 2 hours 55 min

  • Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art
  • Serlachius Museum - Gustaf
  • Vehoniemi automobile museum
  • Vehoniemi observation tower
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On day 8 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Finland, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 2 destinations, Raikku and Mänttä-Vilppula. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Tampere, where you’ll be staying for 2 nights.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Raikku. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 10 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

Seize the day by visiting some of the best attractions in the area, like Vehoniemi automobile museum. This extraordinary automobile museum has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 3,012 visitors.

Next, make your way to Vehoniemi observation tower. This observation tower is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 177 reviews.

When you’ve had your share of Jyvaskyla, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Mänttä-Vilppula. Your travel time is around 1 hour 11 min.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art. This museum is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 2,245 visitors.

Serlachius Museum - Gustaf is another popular attraction you could visit today. This museum has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 908 visitors.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Tampere, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the city.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Tampere. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Make sure to reserve a table at Sailor's Bar & Grill, an iconic dining spot in Tampere. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Zeytuun, a popular restaurant in Tampere. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of Ravintola Coussicca, a hidden gem nestled in Tampere. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

Continue your evening by exploring the vibrant nightlife scene at Thrasherie Bar, a prime destination for a thrilling night out. Also, don’t forget to check out Huurupiilo, a bar that offers unique local touches. Likewise, Moro Sky Bar provides an excellent alternative for a fun evening.

Raise your glass and celebrate another amazing day of your road trip in Finland!

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Day 9

Day 9 – Tampere

  • Tampere
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Drive 9 km, 1 hour 21 min

  • Pyynikki Coffee Shop & Observation Tower
  • Museum Centre Vapriikki
  • Finlayson Factory Area
  • Koskipuisto
  • Moomin Museum
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On day 9 of your road trip, you will have an entire day to explore Tampere. You’ll stay in Tampere for 1 night and discover all the best things to see and do in the area.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Pyynikki Coffee Shop & Observation Tower. This cafe is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 6,011 visitors.

When you’re finished at Pyynikki Coffee Shop & Observation Tower, head to Museum Centre Vapriikki. This one-of-a-kind museum is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 5,742 reviews. Every year, approximately 185,000 travelers come here to experience the museum for themselves.

Beyond the above-mentioned attractions, you also have the opportunity to visit Finlayson Factory Area. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 4,941 visitors.

If you’re keen to explore more, then consider a visit to Koskipuisto. This park is a much-appreciated attraction with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 3,750 visitors.

To round off your sightseeing experience, make your way to Moomin Museum. This famous museum is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,381 travelers.

If you have an appetite for more adventure, check out the fantastic selection of tours and tickets offered in Tampere on this day of your trip. You'll find the most recommended ones below.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Tampere's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

Enjoy a delicious meal at Café Pispala, a top-rated dining destination in Tampere. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Tallipihan kahvila, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Kaffila. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Tampere this evening.

Extend your evening after a delightful meal by visiting Bar K, which offers the perfect atmosphere for a night out. Moreover, Kievari Kahdet Kasvot is another popular option for a drink or two. Likewise, Save File - Pelaajan Olohuone also provides a great ambiance for reminiscing about the day and raising a toast to your vacation.

Relax and reminisce about your day in Finland and look forward to more memorable moments to come!

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Day 10

Day 10 – Tampere and Turku

  • Turku
  • Tampere
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Drive 167 km, 2 hours 31 min

  • Näsi Park
  • Särkänniemi
  • Hatanpää Park Arboretum
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 10 of your road trip in Finland. Today, you will make 1 stop and experience some of the highlights of Tampere. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Turku, which will be your home away from home for 1 night.

Turku’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Tampere behind. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 55 min. Turku welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

Drop by the renowned Näsi Park. This popular park has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,304 visitors.

Another unforgettable place to experience is Särkänniemi. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars by 4,747 visitors, this amusement park deserves a spot on today's sightseeing itinerary.

We also recommend a visit to Hatanpää Park Arboretum. This park has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 3,785 reviews.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Turku. Turku offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Turku's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

Treat yourself to a delightful dinner at Smör, highly recommended for tonight's dining. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, why not try Panimoravintola Koulu? It's another excellent option with a diverse menu. Consider reserving a table at Delhi Darbar as well. Known for its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an ideal pick for tonight in Turku.

Let the evening flow smoothly from dinner to drinks at Bar Edison, a top-rated bar in the area. For other recommendations, Rento provides a perfect setting for rounding out your night with style and great drinks. Likewise, Pikku Havanna offers a memorable night with diverse drink options and excellent service.

Celebrate another amazing day of your road trip adventure in Finland!

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Day 11

Day 11 – Turku and Helsinki

  • Helsinki
  • Turku
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Drive 176 km, 2 hours 39 min

  • Turku Cathedral
  • Old Great Square
  • Kupittaa
  • Adventure Park Seikkailupuisto
  • Turku Castle
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On day 11 of your road trip in Finland, you will get a true taste of the freedom a self-drive vacation in Europe entails. Today’s travel plans include stops at the most scenic, wondrous, and interesting places in Turku. In the evening, you’ll end up in Helsinki, where you will stay for 1 night.

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Turku and set your GPS to Helsinki. While on the road, immerse yourself in your favorite road trip tunes or sample the sounds from a local radio station. This car ride usually takes around 1 hour 58 min. Upon reaching Helsinki, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

Make Turku Cathedral one of your first sightseeing stops in Turku. Rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,745 travelers, a visit to this local attraction makes for a great introduction to the area.

Old Great Square is a worthwhile attraction you can visit next. This square is a valued place of interest in the area, with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 1,995 reviews.

Today is also the perfect opportunity to drop by Kupittaa. This district has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 4,520 visitors.

If you’re keen to explore more, head to Adventure Park Seikkailupuisto. A trip to this popular sightseeing destination is also your opportunity to see if it lives up to the reputable 4.4 out of 5-star rating as given by 1,819 previous visitors.

Another top place to visit is Turku Castle. This castle enjoys an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 8,724 local and international travelers.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Helsinki, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Helsinki.

Enjoy a delicious meal at Ravintola Ragu, a highly-rated dining destination in Helsinki. If you're eager to try something different, consider Restaurant Savotta, another top spot with a tantalizing menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Restaurant Kuu. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s an excellent choice to enhance your stay in Helsinki this evening.

Take some time to reflect on your day and savor another beautiful night in Finland.

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Day 12

Day 12 – Helsinki - departure day

  • Helsinki - Departure day
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  • Kaisaniemi Park
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Day 12 of your road trip in Finland is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Helsinki before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

Make the most of your final day in Finland by visiting Helsinki’s iconic markets and shopping establishments. Your stay’s proximity to the city’s retail haven invites an unhurried and unforgettable exploration of its variety of stores and establishments. Secure the perfect souvenirs for your family and friends back home or buy yourself a remembrance of your amazing experience in Finland. Take home a piece of Finland with these souvenirs, keeping your adventures close.

Before you conclude your road trip in Finland, drop by another restaurant for a last chance at a memorable dining experience in Helsinki.

If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Restaurant Teatteri, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu.

You’ll then say farewell to Helsinki. Drive to the airport, return your car, and take the opportunity to get some last-minute souvenirs before you board your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope you leave with many wonderful memories of your road trip in Finland!

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