11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly + train:  8​h 45​min
1
Tampere
— 1 day
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Vaasa
— 1 night
3
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
4
Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

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day
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 2nd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Tampere is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon to Tampere, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in April; daily highs in Tampere reach 8°C and lows reach -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Vaasa trip site .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then get outside with Seven Fells Up.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo vacation builder site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Vaasa to Akaslompolo in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vaasa in April, you will find days in Akaslompolo are little chillier (3°C), and nights are about the same (-4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Levi Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Safaris

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Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
On the 6th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Utra Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, then steep yourself in history at Uhrihalkeama, and finally stroll through Paha-Koli Hill.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Koli National Park trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Koli National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Utra Beach
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Uhrihalkeama ©
Uhrihalkeama

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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 8th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church, contemplate the long history of Hamina Town Hall, admire the striking features of Hamina Fortress, then take a stroll through Hamina Old Town, then identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kotka road trip planning website .

Getting from Koli National Park to Kotka by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Hamina
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Kotka Church ©
Kotka Church
Hamina Town Hall ©
Hamina Town Hall

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Ullanlinna. Rock Church and The Esplanadi Park will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and take a stroll through Katajanokka.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner .

Getting from Kotka to Helsinki by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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