16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

London
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Mustasaari
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
London

2
days
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, make a trip to Lordi's Square, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi tour planner.

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from London in August; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Outdoors, #Tours
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
SantaPark ©
SantaPark

1
day
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Oulu trip builder website .

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Oulu

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach

1
day
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stroll through Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

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Traveling by car from Oulu to Mustasaari takes 5 hours. In August in Mustasaari, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Pori.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Nature, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

1
day
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Pori Art Museum and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Pori route planner.

Drive from Mustasaari to Pori in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Tampere.

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#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

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 16th (Thu): kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach and then kick back and relax at Suolijarvi Beach. Keep things going the next day: look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tampere itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Suolijarvi Beach ©
Suolijarvi Beach
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

2
days
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): browse the collection at Turku City Library, stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally enjoy some diversion at Moomin World. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kultaranta Garden.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Turku tour planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trip

Naantali
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

6
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and The Swimming Stadium. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: expand your understanding of the military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and stroll through Sibelius Monument.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Helsinki tour planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Theme Parks

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Hietaranta Beach ©
Hietaranta Beach

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