23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

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23 days in Finland Itinerary

Helsinki
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Helsinki
— 11 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Pori
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Helsinki

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. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Haapasaari Island and then buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Center Veturi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, enjoy the sand and surf at Aijanniemi Beach, then take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, and finally wander the streets of Hamina Old Town.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip itinerary app .

Helsinki to Kotka is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Kotka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Kouvola, Hamina Old Town
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Haapasaari Island ©
Haapasaari Island
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth ©
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth

12
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Teijo national park and Hakaniemi Market. Shop till you drop at Market Square Kauppatori and Pien. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Kotka (Riverside Park, Santalahti Nature Trail, & more), Stromforsin ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa) and Hanko (Bellevue Beach & Tulliniemi Nature Path). Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Ekenas Archipelago National Park. Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Valkmusa National Park. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip maker website .

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Kotka, Hanko, Teijo national park, Stromforsin ruukki, Valkmusa National Park
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

2
days
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, brush up on your military savvy at Parola Tank Museum, then look for gifts at Ideapark, and finally examine the collection at Moomin Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, then see the interesting displays at Museo Militaria, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Evo Hiking Area.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Museums, #Beaches

Side Trips

Haemeenlinna, Parola Tank Museum, Ideapark
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Evo Hiking Area ©
Evo Hiking Area
Moomin Museum ©
Moomin Museum

2
days
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Herrainpaivat Beach, learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, examine the collection at Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, then stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma.

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You can drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. August in Pori sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. You will leave for home on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Pori

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Rauma
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

2
days
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park.

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You can fly from Pori to Savonlinna in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Linnansaari National Park, Siikalahti Wetland, Lammassaari Island
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park

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