The Wooden Towns of Finland

The Wooden Towns of Finland

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In a country of such abundant forests, Finland has been built mostly from wood all the way up to the last century. Still dotting the countryside today exist entire wooden towns that sit nearly as they did decades or even centuries ago. A visit to one of these historic places is like entering a living time capsule into Finland’s past.

There are many quaint areas of old wooden houses to explore in Finland. Mentioned in this article are a few of the largest and best preserved ones, starting with the capital’s most well-known historic wooden neighbourhoods.

Route & dates

The Wooden Towns of Finland

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Raseborg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Loviisa
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
4
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Kokkola
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
8
Rauma
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Raseborg

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night
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.
Porvoo Old Town has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary planning website .

If you are flying in from Serbia, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In June, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Raseborg.
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Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town

1
night
Raseborg

Raseborg ©
Raseborg is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): make a trip to Ekenas Old Town.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Raseborg trip itinerary app .

Drive from Helsinki to Raseborg in 1.5 hours. In June in Raseborg, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Loviisa.

Things to do in Raseborg

Historic Sites
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Raseborg Castle ©
Raseborg Castle

1
night
Loviisa

Loviisa
Loviisa is a municipality and town of inhabitants on the southern coast of Finland. To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Loviisa online trip planner .

You can drive from Raseborg to Loviisa in 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Loviisa are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. You'll set off for Oulu on the 4th (Tue).

Things to do in Loviisa

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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1
night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stroll through Ainolan Puisto, look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Oulu road trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Loviisa to Oulu with the Route module. Traveling from Loviisa in June, you will find days in Oulu are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kokkola.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Ainolan Puisto ©
Ainolan Puisto
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli

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nights
Kokkola

Kokkola ©
Kokkola is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Neristan (Old Wooden Town).

Make your Kokkola itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Oulu to Kokkola by car takes about 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Kokkola are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Kokkola

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Arctic Museum Nanoq
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Arctic Museum Nanoq ©
Arctic Museum Nanoq
Neristan (Old Wooden Town) ©
Neristan (Old Wooden Town)

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 7th (Fri), laugh and play at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tampere, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Kokkola to Tampere takes 4 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Childrens Museums Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), get engrossed in the history at Rosenlew Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Pori day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Pori takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Pori sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Pori

Museums Historic Sites
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Rosenlew Museum ©
Rosenlew Museum
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum

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hours
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rauma trip planner .

Getting from Pori to Rauma by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Rauma can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

Historic Sites
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

1
night
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 9th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku travel planner.

Traveling by car from Rauma to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

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