14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Windhoek
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Ruotsinpyhtaa
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Windhoek


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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ullanlinna and Fortress of Suomenlinna. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rock Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, stroll through Hietaranta Beach, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Helsinki online visit planner .

Windhoek, Namibia to Helsinki is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from Windhoek in April, expect Helsinki to be cooler, temps between 9°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Flamingo Entertainment Center
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get lost in a book at Turku City Library, examine the collection at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then see the interesting displays at Turku Biological Museum, and finally learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Turku are 9°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stop by Porin Kauppahalli, buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Pori day trip planner.

Drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Pori are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Shopping Parks Beaches
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Porin Kauppahalli ©
Porin Kauppahalli
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Kauppakeskus Puuvilla ©
Kauppakeskus Puuvilla

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 4th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vanha Kirkko, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Suolijarvi Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Pori to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Vanha Kirkko ©
Vanha Kirkko

1
night
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Imatrankoski Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, then step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, then take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, and finally learn about all things military at Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Imatra day trip planner.

Getting from Tampere to Imatra by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Imatra, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Ruotsinpyhtaa.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Joutsenon kirkko
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko
Imatrankoski Church ©
Imatrankoski Church

2
nights
Ruotsinpyhtaa

Ruotsinpyhtaa ©
Ruotsinpyhtää is a former municipality of Finland. On the 6th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa, head off the coast to Lehman, and then take a stroll through Stromforsin ruukki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, then appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ruotsinpyhtaa trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Imatra to Ruotsinpyhtaa takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ruotsinpyhtaa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kotka, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa ©
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa

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