12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + train:  7​h 15​min
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: London

2
nights
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 12th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and then explore the world behind art at Tampere Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip planning website .

London, UK to Tampere is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from London in November: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 3°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Tampere Art Museum ©
Tampere Art Museum

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 14th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Space Bowling & Billiards. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum, then see the interesting displays at Villa Mairea, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Koylio Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koylion Kirkkokari.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Pori journey builder app .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Pori takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Koylio, Rauma, Villa Mairea
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea

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 (Sat): get lost in a book at Turku City Library, then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally explore the world behind art at Waino Aaltonen Museum of Art. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Pori to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in November, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku 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 18th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Mansikkalahti, stroll through Isopuisto Park, then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Centre Pasaati.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotka online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Turku to Kotka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kotka are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Beach Mansikkalahti ©
Beach Mansikkalahti
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Isopuisto Park ©
Isopuisto Park

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Rock Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, make a trip to The Esplanadi Park, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Helsinki sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Flamingo Entertainment Center
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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