11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Leipzig
+2
train + bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Lieksa
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Vaasa
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
5
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Tampere
— 1 night
+3
train + Fly + bus + train:  7​h 45​min
End: Leipzig

3
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki online tour itinerary planner .

Leipzig, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Leipzig to Helsinki is 1 hour. While traveling from Leipzig, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
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 17th (Wed): trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, walk around Riverside Park, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, then steep yourself in history at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and finally step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kotka road trip planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kotka are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church ©
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

1
night
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): hike along Akka-Koli Hill and then trek along Ukko-Koli Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids and then stroll through Paha-Koli Hill.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lieksa itinerary planning site .

Drive from Kotka to Lieksa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July in Lieksa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Lieksa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

1
day
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Vaasa planner .

Traveling by car from Lieksa to Vaasa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

2
nights
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 21st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then examine the collection at Ett Hem Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Turku road trip planning app .

You can drive from Vaasa to Turku in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 23rd (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tampere tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July in Tampere, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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