12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary builder

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Fly
4
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly

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Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): test the waters at Tullin Sauna and then get a taste of the local shopping with Tea Shop Veistrom. On the next day, kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip maker site.

New York City, USA to Tampere is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Tampere is 7 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in October; daily highs in Tampere reach 45°F and lows reach 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nightlife
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:

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 31st (Sun): tour in harmony with nature at Bike Rental - by Carfield, browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Vepsa Island and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in October, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:

Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 2nd (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

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Getting from Turku to Vaasa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Kotka.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:

Kotka

— 2 nights
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. On the 3rd (Wed), delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and then relax and rejuvenate at Tykkimaen Sauna. On the next day, buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Centre Pasaati, take a stroll around Ankkapurha Cultural Park, and then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Kotka trip planner.

Fly from Vaasa to Kotka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Shopping · Trails · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:

Helsinki

— 4 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.
Head to Old Market Hall and Kamppi Shopping Centrefor plenty of shopping. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and stop by Liopro Finland - Handmade Souvenir.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki attractions site.

Drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Helsinki are 40°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 8:

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."