11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Tampere
— 1 night
Train
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive
4
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): kick back and relax at Vepsa Island, wander the streets of 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. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurjenrahka National Park, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then stroll through The Archipelago Trail.

To find more things to do and tourist information, read our Turku route planner.

Athens, Greece to Turku is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Athens in August, things will get much colder in Turku: highs are around 23°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 11th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip app.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 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 · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Vaasa visit planner.

Getting from Tampere to Vaasa by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:
Highlights from your trip

Lieksa

— 2 nights
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, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama, then stroll through Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and finally trek along Akka-Koli Hill. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lieksa trip maker website.

You can drive from Vaasa to Lieksa in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In August in Lieksa, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
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. On the next day, stroll through Arboretum Mustila, trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, then get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and finally take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kouvola visit app.

Traveling by car from Lieksa to Kouvola takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Helsinki

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally wander the streets of Katajanokka. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

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

You can drive from Kouvola to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 18:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."