13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
train + Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Pori
— 1 night
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Mikkeli
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

2
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.
Visiting Nuuksio National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temppeliaukion Church and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Helsinki travel planning app .

Philadelphia, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Philadelphia to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in July, with highs in Helsinki at 71°F and lows at 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 17th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Villa Mairea, then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Pori trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Pori takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Pori sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Villa Mairea
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Vaasa visit planner.

Traveling by car from Pori to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

2
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. On the 19th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Era Eero, see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, then don't miss a visit to Paateri, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids and then trek along Akka-Koli Hill.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lieksa vacation planning tool .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Lieksa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, daytime highs in Lieksa are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Lieksa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids

2
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Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): learn about all things military at Communications Centre Lokki, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Cathedral, then get outside with Anjan Puisto, and finally explore the striking landscape at The Astuvansalmi rock paintings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Mannerheim`s Saloon Car, take a memorable drive along Lietvesi Scenic Road, and then take a memorable drive along Puumalan Lake.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mikkeli holiday maker app .

Drive from Lieksa to Mikkeli in 4.5 hours. July in Mikkeli sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trips

Puumala, The Astuvansalmi rock paintings
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Puumalan Lake ©
Puumalan Lake
Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Museum-lovers will appreciate Maritime Centre Vellamo and Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Repovesi National Park and Arboretum Mustila. There's more to do: browse the exhibits of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kouvola route site .

Getting from Mikkeli to Kouvola by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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