14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney

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 Rock Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, make a trip to The Esplanadi Park, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Helsinki, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

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

2
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Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Terranova, then head outdoors with Setterbergin Puisto, then pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, and finally examine the collection at Stundars Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Vaasa online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Vaasa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Stundars Museum
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Visiting Paha-Koli Hill and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto will get you outdoors.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip planner.

Drive from Vaasa to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 28th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kouvola trip planner .

Getting from Koli National Park to Kouvola by car takes about 5 hours. August in Kouvola sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

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