14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

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Make it your trip
Bus to Boston, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train
4
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive
5
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Portland International Jetport

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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 13th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip planning tool.

Portland, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Portland in July, with highs in Helsinki at 71°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks
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Turku

— 1 night
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 15th (Thu): examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, then trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, and finally wander the streets of Naantali Old Town.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Turku trip site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Visavuori, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and finally steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tampere travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, then stroll around Hupisaaret Park, and finally stroll around Ainolan Puisto.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Oulu road trip tool.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Oulu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July in Oulu, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Beaches · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 18:

Koli National Park

— 3 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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, explore the activities along Pielinen, trek along Akka-Koli Hill, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Koli National Park day trip app.

Getting from Oulu to Koli National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In July, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:

Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 22nd (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, make a trip to German Self-Propelled Gun StuG III, then get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, and finally stroll through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read Kouvola trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Kouvola takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."