14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Bratislava
+2
bus + Fly + train:  7​h 15​min
1
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
End: Bratislava

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Yyteri Beach (in Pori) and Hame Castle (in Hameenlinna). Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planner .

Bratislava, Slovakia to Tampere is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bratislava to Tampere is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bratislava in August: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 23°C and lows are around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hame Castle, Yyteri Beach
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Old Rauma in Rauma, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Turku online road trip planner .

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naantali, Old Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

3
nights
Kotka

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. Change things up with these side-trips from Kotka: Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, walk around Sibelius Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Turku to Kotka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Kouvola
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

4
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 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, find something for the whole family at Linnanmaki Amusement Park, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and make a trip to Senate Square.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip planning site .

You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

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