13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Mikkeli
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Vaasa
— 2 nights
4
Oulu
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Helsinki

5
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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 46 minutes away. Pack the 3rd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and stroll through The Esplanadi Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Vantaa Art Museum, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): examine the collection at Headquarters Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Infantry Museum, then make a trip to Kenkavero, and finally see the interesting displays at Mannerheim`s Saloon Car. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Mannerheim Statue, then enjoy breathtaking views from Naisvuori Observation Tower, and then get in on the family fun at Visulahti.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mikkeli road trip planning site .

Drive from Helsinki to Mikkeli in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Mikkeli are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Headquarters Museum ©
Headquarters Museum
Infantry Museum ©
Infantry Museum
Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Terranova, see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery, and finally take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Vaasa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mikkeli to Vaasa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Vaasa are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Oulu.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Raippaluodon Silta
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Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum ©
Bock’s Corner Brewery ©
Bock’s Corner Brewery

3
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Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ainolan Puisto, and then stroll through Nallikari Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Haukipudas Church, then have fun at Tietomaa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral, and finally pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Oulu road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Oulu are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Haukipudas Church
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Ainolan Puisto ©
Ainolan Puisto
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo ©
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo

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