14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary builder

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Fly
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Oulu
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 nights

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.
Pack the 21st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki driving holiday planner.

Dallas, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Helsinki is 8 hours. In July, Helsinki is much colder than Dallas - with highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 21:

Turku

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Thu): browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Turku day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:

Kotka

— 3 nights
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kotka: Kouvola (Repovesi National Park, Model Railroad Museum Kouvola, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Riverside Park, admire the landmark architecture of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, and contemplate the long history of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

Plan trip to Kotka with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:

Koli National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, then stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, and finally hike along Paha-Koli Hill. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama, don't miss a visit to Paateri, then trek along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Koli National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, then stroll around Hupisaaret Park, and finally walk around Ainolan Puisto.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Oulu day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."