15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Rauma
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Pori
— 2 nights
5
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Kokkola
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Tampa

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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, don't miss a visit to Market Square Kauppatori, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Helsinki holiday planner .

Tampa, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Tampa in August, expect Helsinki to be cooler, temps between 69°F and 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks 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
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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 28th (Wed): have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get lost in a book at Turku City Library, examine the collection at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then step aboard Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally tour in harmony with nature at Bike Rental - by Carfield.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku online trip builder .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of The Old Town Hall Museum, don't miss a visit to Rauma Water Tower, learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, then examine the collection at Marela Museum House, and finally stroll the grounds of Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo, examine the collection at Automobile Museum, then see the interesting displays at Bonk Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uusikaupunki Old Church.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rauma trip planner .

Getting from Turku to Rauma by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Rauma, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Rauma

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Uusikaupunki
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Bonk Museum ©
Bonk Museum

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 1st (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), take an in-depth tour of Rosenlew Museum, stop by Patakirppis, then don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, and finally walk around Kirjurinluoto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Pori Art Museum.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Pori trip builder app .

You can drive from Rauma to Pori in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Pori

Shopping Parks Museums
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Kauppakeskus Puuvilla ©
Kauppakeskus Puuvilla
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 3rd (Tue), head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and then sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Terranova, examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, then make a splash at Tropiclandia, and finally take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Vaasa day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Pori to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Vaasa are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kokkola.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Raippaluodon Silta
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Raippaluodon Silta ©
Raippaluodon Silta

3
nights
Kokkola

Kokkola ©
Kokkola is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 5th (Thu), examine the collection at Pedagogy, K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia, see the interesting displays at Arctic Museum Nanoq, then see the interesting displays at The Toivonen Animal Park and Peasant Museum, and finally wander the streets of Neristan (Old Wooden Town). On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kannuksen Kirkko, explore the world behind art at K.H. Renlund Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Aspegrens Rosenlund.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kokkola road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Kokkola takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kokkola are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kokkola

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Pietarsaari, Kannuksen Kirkko
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Arctic Museum Nanoq ©
Arctic Museum Nanoq
Neristan (Old Wooden Town) ©
Neristan (Old Wooden Town)
Kannuksen Kirkko ©
Kannuksen Kirkko

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