12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Tampere
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 15 min
5
Inari
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Helsinki

1
day
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 20th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then appreciate the history behind Sibelius Monument, and finally steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner .

July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market

2
nights
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 21st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museum of Aviation, then get advice or help at Ankkapurha Culture Park, then head off the coast to Haapasaari Island, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Fuksinpuisto Park, explore the activities along Huutjarvi Lake, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kumparepuisto Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kotka road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa, Huutjarvi Lake, Ankkapurha Culture Park
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Haapasaari Island ©
Haapasaari Island
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth ©
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth
Kumparepuisto Park ©
Kumparepuisto Park

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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 23rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kupittaa Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, then stroll through Kultaranta Garden, and finally hike along The Archipelago Trail. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Tulliniemi Nature Path and then kick back and relax at Bellevue Beach.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Turku road trip planner.

Drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hanko, The Church of the Holy Cross, Kultaranta Garden
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Tulliniemi Nature Path ©
Tulliniemi Nature Path
Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church and then see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Moomin Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Parola Tank Museum, then examine the collection at Museo Militaria, and finally examine the collection at Tampere City Library, Metso.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Tampere day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Tampere sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Museo Militaria, The Parola Armour Museum
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The Parola Armour Museum ©
The Parola Armour Museum
Viikinsaari Island ©
Viikinsaari Island
Museo Militaria ©
Museo Militaria

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): experience rural life at Tuula's Reindeer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, then experience rural life at Inari Reindeerfarm, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For photos and tourist information, read Inari visit planning site .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle from Tampere to Inari in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Tampere, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Inari, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 11°C. On the 31st (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Prospector Museum, Angry Birds Activity Park
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Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

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