11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Kouvola
— 2 nights
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Athens

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 9th (Fri): kick back and relax at Vepsa Island, make a trip to Naantali Old Town, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Kurjenrahka National Park, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then hike along The Archipelago Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Turku tour itinerary maker tool .

Athens, Greece to Turku is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. In August, Turku is much colder than Athens - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 11th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip app .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Spas
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): stroll through Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Vaasa route planner.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Parks Nature
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2
nights
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 13th (Tue): get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and finally trek along Akka-Koli Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Lieksa route maker website .

Drive from Vaasa to Lieksa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. August in Lieksa sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

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nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, then wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, then appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kouvola online trip planner .

Drive from Lieksa to Kouvola in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, daytime highs in Kouvola are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

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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.
On the 17th (Sat), browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukion Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally take a stroll through Katajanokka. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki online travel planner .

Take a train from Kouvola to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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