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Roundtrip Finland

from / to Helsinki

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Roundtrip Finland

from / to Helsinki

12 days / 2,100 km
Best time to travel: May to September

During this motorhome trip, you will dive into the nature and history of Finland. Discover the lake landscape in the south-east as well as the charming islands of the west coast, the western and south-western Finnish archipelago, and the northern expanse of the national parks. Experience its history and cultural heritage in open-air museums.

Arrival in Helsinki and collection of the camper

Helsinki, with over 600.000 inhabitants and almost 1.2 million people living in the metropolitan area, is not only the capital but also by far the largest city in the country. Helsinki was founded in 1150 when Finland was part of Sweden. Shortly after Finland had come under the Russian rule, Helsinki became the capital of the newly formed Duchy of Finland in 1812 as well as the capital of the Independent Finland in 1917. Helsinki is bilingual and is called Helsingfors in Swedish.

The town is mostly dominated by the Classicism of the 19th century as well as the Art Nouveau architecture of the early 20th century. Around the central Senate Square (Senaatintori), you can find a unique classical ensemble with a cathedral built between 1930 and 1852, the old Senate building, and a university. The National Library and the Presidential Palace are among the many neo-classical edifices that can be found in the city. Helsinki’s nickname, the “White City of the North,” is connected with this particular ensemble of buildings. The main railway station, the National Museum, and the Kallio Church are examples of large Art Nouveau buildings. The two promenades of Helsinki are the Aleksanterinkatu and the Esplanadi. The market square (Kauppatori) is also very busy during the summer months.

The National Museum of Finland (Suomen kansallismuseo) is dedicated to the period of history from prehistoric times to the 21st century. The Finnish National Gallery is divided up into three museums: the Ateneum, the Sinebrychoff Art Museum, and Kiasma. There is also the Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki.

For a city of this magnitude, Helsinki is very green. The most famous park in the capital is Kaivopuisto Park, located south-east of the city centre in the immediate proximity of the sea. Central Park (Keskuspuisto) is the largest park in the city. It has 10 square kilometres. There are also a few beaches in the capital, the largest of them being Hietaranta.

Highlights & Tips
Going north on a ferry
There is a ferry to Suomenlinna Fortress (Swedish: Sveaborg) which departs from the market square (Kauppatori). The fortress was erected on several offshore islands in 1748. It has been a popular tourist destination and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991.

Helsinki – Kouvola

Stage distance: approx. 140 km

Suggested route: Helsinki – Porvoo – Kouvola

During the second stage, you will be driving along the Gulf of Finland, first, to Porvoo,the Finland’s second oldest city. We recommend a walk around the interesting old town with picturesque streets and wooden houses.

Kouvola situated in the southern part of Finland, has a population of almost 90,000. It is conveniently located with respect to the cities of Helsinki and St. Petersburg. Its centre is characterised by modern architecture. There are also wooden churches, the Church of Elimäki (built between 1638 and 1678), and the Cross Church of Anjala (erected between 1755 and 1765).

Highlights & Tips
Museum tour around Mäkikylä
Mäkikylä is located near Kouvola. You can find there the Puolakka House Museum as well as the Kaunisnurmi Museum and Handicraft Quarter.

Kouvola – Mikkeli

Stage distance: approx. 110 km

Suggested route: Kouvola – Mikkeli

You will travel along many forests and lakes on your way to Mikkeli. It is located in Saimaa Lake District and has around 55,000 inhabitants. One of the watersheds of the Finnish Lake District runs through its municipal area. You can find more information about the tourist region of Mikkeli here.

Mikkeli Cathedral (built between 1896 and 1897) is an excellent example of neo-Gothic architecture in Finland. In the eastern part of the city, you will be able to find the church of the rural municipality of Mikkeli. It is the third largest wooden church in Finland. The wooden Church of Anttola was originally built in 1729 in Juva. In 1870, it was deconstructed and moved to its current location. The modern cultural centre known as Mikaeli serves as a concert and congress hall. What is more, there are three museums located in the city: Mikkeli Art Museum (Mikkelin taidemuseo), the Suur-Savo Museum (museo Suur-savon) located in a converted granary dating back to 1848 with historical and ethnological collections as well as the Headquarters Museum (Päämajamuseo), which is dedicated to the Second World War.

Highlights & Tips
Paper factory
Along the journey, we recommend visiting the former paper factory in Jaala. Now, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mikkeli – Joensuu

Stage distance: approx. 245 km

Suggested route: Mikkeli – Savonlinna – Kerimäki – Joensuu

Savonlinna, known for the Opera Festival held at the Olavinlinna Castle, which is a water castle, is located against a backdrop of picturesque lake landscape. A few kilometres east, there is the Church of Kerimäki, the largest wooden church in the world.

You will travel through a lake maze and enter the capital of North Karelia: Joensuu located in the eastern part of Finland with a population of almost 75,000. It is the county town and by far the largest city of North Karelia. The city centre is located at the mouth of the River Pielisjoki near Lake Pyhäselkä, which is part of Lake Saimaa system. Joensuu is a starting point for a visit to the Orthodox monasteries of Uusi-Valamo and Lintula. Also, the North Karelian Museum is worth your attention. It can be found in “Carelicum,” a tourist information centre.

Highlights & Tips
Art in caves
Exhibitions in underground caves are organised by the Retretti Art Centre in Punkaharju. They are changing on an annual basis.

Joensuu – Kuopio

Stage distance: approx. 280 km

Suggested route: Joensuu – Lieksa – Nurmes – Kuopio

While travelling along Lake Pielinen, expect a day full of wonderful nature experiences in the Koli National Park. In Lieksa, you can visit the Pielisen Museum with its historical wooden houses and buildings that are part of the exhibition. In the museum, you will be able to learn more about the history of Karelia since the 17th century. In Nurmes, there is an Orthodox cathedral, located close to the border with Russia. The Bomba House, which is a reconstructed Karelian village, is also worth seeing.

Highlights & Tips
Nature as far as the eye can see
In the Koli National Park you can explore a number of natural attractions: traditional gardens, ancient forests, forested hilly landscapes, flowering meadows, sheep pastures, and lush forests.

Kuopio – Kajaani

Stage distance: approx. 170 km

Suggested route: Kuopio – Iisalmi – Kajaani

In Iisalmi you can find a Karelian Orthodox cultural centre which is located on Lake Puruvesi. In Kajaani, located on the River Kajaaninjoki, the marketplace with its wooden town hall and a ruined castle from the 17th century are worth paying a visit.

Highlights & Tips
Finland's fishing paradise
The large Puruvesi Lake with its crystal clear water, the cleanest in Finland, is known for its freshwater whitefish (muikku in Finnish). The waters of the lake area, which is part of Savonlinna region, are also full of perch, pike, orfe, and grayling as well as freshwater salmon and trout.

Kajaani – Kuusamo

Stage distance: approx. 245 km

Suggested route: Kajaani – Wasserfall Komulanköngäs – Kuusamo

Today, you will be driving through the wild natural landscape, close to the border with Russia, towards Hyrynsalmi with its spectacular Kaunislehto House Museum and the Komulanköngäs Waterfall. Driving through a unique natural landscape with endless forests, you will reach Kuusamo, where you can already feel the impression of an endless expanse of the high North.

Highlights & Tips
Natural heritage of the Ice Age
The Oulanka National Park allows you to immerse yourself into the long-passed geological period, during which the retreating glaciers created a unique landscape.

Kuusamo – Oulu

Stage distance: approx. 220 km

Suggested route: Kuusamo – Syöte National Park – Oulu

Through forests, you drive towards Oulu in the Gulf of Bothnia. The city has a population of about 140,000. The highlights that are worth visiting in this area are the ruins of the Fortress of Linnansaari dating back to the 17th century as well as the wooden structures belonging to the open-air museum on Turkansaari Island.

Highlights & Tips
Reindeer husbandry and forestry
The still young Syöte National Park offers an extensive network of hiking trails and an information centre, where you will be able to find exhibitions and information about the life of reindeer herders and forest workers in the area.

Oulu – Vaasa

Stage distance: approx. 320 km

Suggested route: Oulu – Kalajoki – Kokkola – Vaasa

You are driving south, along the west coast of Finland. The small seaside resort of Kalajoki is famous for its white sand beaches. Many of the coastal towns invite you to take a break, for example, Kokkola with its lovely old town and a stone church dating back to the 15th century or Jakobstad with Skata, a district full of wooden houses.

Highlights & Tips
Beach and dunes
Take a walk on the beach and over the dunes in Kalajoki.

Vaasa – Pori

Stage distance: approx. 190 km

Suggested route: Vaasa – Kaskinen – Kristinestad – Pori

In Närpiö, leave the national road and travel along the small coastal road to Kaskinen, the westernmost city in Finland. Its idyllic wooden houses and huts invite the visitors to take a break.

Pori is an old port and an industrial city which is now located about 20 km inland due to land uplift.

Highlights & Tips
Colourful wooden houses
In Kristinestad, yon can expect low colourful wooden houses and a remarkable wooden church.

Pori - Naantali – Turku

Stage distance: approx. 200 km

Suggested route: Pori – Rauma – Naantali – Turku

In Rauma a UNESCO World Heritage Site with approximately 37,000 inhabitants, you will see the largest and well-preserved wooden town of the North. During a walk through the old town of Rauma, you will be able to admire the colourful wooden houses, decorative gates, and beautiful public buildings from the past.

In Naantali you will reach the archipelago with more than 20,000 islands and cliffs. Naantali is the oldest city in Finland, and has a population of nearly 19,000. It developed around a medieval monastery, Vallis Gratiae, whose church still stands in the city centre.

Highlights & Tips
On a steamer around the archipelago
If you would like to experience the beautiful archipelago landscape from the sea, you can participate in a boat trip – a trip on the Ukkopekka steamship, which travels to the nearby archipelago and its islands.

Turku – Helsinki

Stage distance: approx. 320 km

Suggested route: Turku – Karjaa – Helsinki

While travelling towards Helsinki, you will be crossing Karjaa, where you can take your last sightseeing stop.

Highlights & Tips
Manor house constructed from Finnish wood
East of King’s Road, we recommend a visit to the most important wooden manor house in Finland, Gut Svårta. It is located in Karjaa and comes from the 18th century.