11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Tehran
bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Tehran

2
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.
Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temppeliaukion Church and Katajanokka. Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Market Square Kauppatori, look for gifts at Artisaani, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Helsinki attractions planner.

Tehran, Iran to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Iran Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, Helsinki is colder than Tehran - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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 16th (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, relax and rejuvenate at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Joella, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly. On the next day, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town and then head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Turku travel planner .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. October in Turku sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kauppakeskus Mylly, Naantali Old Town
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Kauppakeskus Mylly ©
Kauppakeskus Mylly
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 18th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Vaasa vacation builder .

You can drive from Turku to Vaasa in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Vaasa are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

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. Get in touch with nature at Akka-Koli Hill and Ukko-Koli. Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. The adventure continues: get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama, hike along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lieksa day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Lieksa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli

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