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

1
Helsinki
— 1 night
2
Raseborg
— 1 night
3
Loviisa
— 1 night
4
Oulu
— 1 night
5
Kokkola
— 2 nights
6
Tampere
— 1 night
7
Pori
— 1 night
8
Rauma
— Few hours
9
Turku
— 1 night

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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've now added Porvoo Old Town to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): make a trip to Porvoo Old Town.

To plan Helsinki vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

If you are flying in from Serbia, the closest major aiports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Turku Airport and Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. June in Helsinki sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. 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

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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 reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Raseborg trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Raseborg in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Loviisa.

Things to do in Raseborg

Historic Sites
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Raseborg Castle ©
Raseborg Castle

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Loviisa

Loviisa
Loviisa is a municipality and town of inhabitants on the southern coast of Finland. To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Loviisa road trip app.

Getting from Raseborg to Loviisa by car takes about 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 4th (Tue), you'll travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Loviisa

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 4th (Tue), walk around Ainolan Puisto, stroll around Hupisaaret Park, steep yourself in history at Oulu Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, then shop like a local with Kauppahalli, and finally view the masterpieces at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus.

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

The Route module can help you plan travel from Loviisa to Oulu. Traveling from Loviisa in June, you will find days in Oulu are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kokkola.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park
Ainolan Puisto ©
Ainolan Puisto

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Kokkola

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

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kokkola day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Kokkola takes 3 hours. June in Kokkola sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Kokkola

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arctic Museum Nanoq
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Arctic Museum Nanoq ©
Arctic Museum Nanoq
Neristan (Old Wooden Town) ©
Neristan (Old Wooden Town)
The Toivonen Animal Park and Peasant Museum ©

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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 7th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Kokkola to Tampere in 4.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Tampere are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

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Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), take an in-depth tour of Rosenlew Museum, and then make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Pori attractions planner.

Getting from Tampere to Pori by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Pori are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. 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
Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) ©
Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko)

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Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rauma trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Pori to Rauma takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Rauma are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride 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

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 9th (Sun), browse the exhibits of Turku Castle.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Rauma to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Turku are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

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