13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

London
Fly:  9​h 15​min
Oulu
— 4 nights
train:  4​h
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
London

4
days
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Museum-lovers will get to explore Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus and Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo. Popular historic sites such as Kauppahalli and Haukipudas Church are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oulu: The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley (in Tornio) and Kemi (Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery) & Kemi Church). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park, head outdoors with Superpark Oulu, see the interesting displays at Oulun Taidemuseo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Oulu Cathedral.

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London, UK to Oulu is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from London to Oulu, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Oulu is slightly colder than London - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Oulu

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Kemi, Haukipudas Church, The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley
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Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church

2
days
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): examine the collection at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), then stop by Ideapark, then see the interesting displays at Moomin Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, examine the collection at Tampere City Library, Metso, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa.

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Traveling by train from Oulu to Tampere takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May in Tampere, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

#Museums, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Ideapark, St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo)
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Moomin Museum ©
Moomin Museum
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

2
days
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. On the 22nd (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, head off the coast to Lehman, then pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko, then examine the collection at Museum of Aviation, and finally don't miss a visit to Kyminlinna Fortress. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Ankkapurha Culture Park and then step off the mainland to explore Haapasaari Island.

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Drive from Tampere to Kotka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marian Kirkko, Ankkapurha Culture Park
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Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth ©
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth
Lehman ©
Lehman
Marian Kirkko ©
Marian Kirkko

4
days
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Do your shopping at Hakaniemi Market and Taiga Colors. Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Market Square Kauppatori. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Hanko (Bellevue Beach & Tulliniemi Nature Path). Pack the 26th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria and wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

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Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Theme Parks, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Hanko
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
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Kansallisgalleria
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma ©
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma