14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Portland

3
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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Rock Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Helsinki University Museum (Helsingin Yliopiston Museo). Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Katajanokka, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and stroll through The Esplanadi Park.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki itinerary builder site .

Portland, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Portland to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Portland in September: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 61°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tampere online trip maker .

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 8th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, then sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery, then see the interesting displays at Terranova, and finally explore the world behind art at Tikanoja Art Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Vaasa online visit planner .

Getting from Tampere to Vaasa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko
Bock’s Corner Brewery ©
Bock’s Corner Brewery

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Pielisen Museum and Uhrihalkeama. Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Koli National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum
Era Eero ©
Era Eero

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, then identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Hiidenvuori and then identify plant and animal life at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kouvola trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kouvola in 5 hours. In September in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Hiidenvuori
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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