13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  3​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Espoo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 1 night
4
Pori
— 1 night
5
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
6
Lieksa
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Frankfurt

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.
Popular historic sites such as Temppeliaukion Church and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Helsinki Cathedral and Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Katajanokka and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki holiday site .

Frankfurt, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Frankfurt to Helsinki is 1 hour. Traveling from Frankfurt in July, things will get a bit cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Espoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

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
Espoo

Espoo ©
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. You've now added Laajalahti Nature Reserve to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Laajalahti Nature Reserve.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Espoo driving holiday planner.

Espoo is very close to Helsinki. In July, daily temperatures in Espoo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Wed) before leaving for Turku.

Things to do in Espoo

Parks Wildlife
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Laajalahti Nature Reserve ©
Laajalahti Nature Reserve

1
night
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 10th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, then see the interesting displays at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary website .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trip

Kultaranta Garden
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Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Kultaranta Garden ©
Kultaranta Garden

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), then make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Villa Mairea.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Pori trip planner .

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Parks Outdoors

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 12th (Fri): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, then steep yourself in history at Stromso, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Vaasa travel planner.

Getting from Pori to Vaasa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum ©
Bock’s Corner Brewery ©
Bock’s Corner Brewery

3
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. Step out of the city life by going to Akka-Koli Hill and Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. Step out of Lieksa with an excursion to Utra Beach in Joensuu--about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Era Eero, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and examine the collection at Pielisen Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lieksa vacation planning website .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Lieksa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In July in Lieksa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Utra Beach
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): make a trip to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then contemplate the long history of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kouvola day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Lieksa to Kouvola takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sandcastle Lappeenranta, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

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