13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour planner

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Fly
1
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
2
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
3
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
4
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Raleigh Durham International Airport

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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 16th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip planner.

Durham, USA to Tampere is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Durham to Tampere, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in May, you will find days in Tampere are colder (59°F), and nights are a bit cooler (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums
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1
night
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 18th (Tue): step aboard Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip planner.

Getting from Tampere to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May in Turku, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
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4
nights
Helsinki

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, make a trip to Senate Square, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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3
nights
Koli National Park

Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Pielinen, trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill, and get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park trip builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Koli National Park. In May, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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2
nights
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 26th (Wed): trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, then walk around Riverside Park, then admire the natural beauty at Sibelius Park, and finally stroll around Sapokka Water Garden. On the next day, head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Palotorninvuori Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Kotka trip planner.

Getting from Koli National Park to Kotka by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In May, daytime highs in Kotka are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Finland travel guide

4.1
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."