15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

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Bus to Sargans, Train to Zurich, Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
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Oulu
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Fly to Zurich, Train to Sargans, Bus to Balzers

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Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 17th (Fri), find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Cross Church, then examine the collection at Palander House, then learn about all things military at The Parola Armour Museum, and finally stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip planner.

Balzers, Liechtenstein to Tampere is an approximately 10-hour combination of bus, train, and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, train, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Balzers to Tampere due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Turku

— 2 nights
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 19th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, and finally examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town, hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, and finally gain insight at Turku Cathedral.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Turku online road trip planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Oulu.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, then stroll around Ainolan Puisto, and finally walk around Hupisaaret Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Oulu online trip maker.

Fly from Turku to Oulu in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July in Oulu, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 21:

Koli National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, and finally hike along Paha-Koli Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): explore the activities along Pielinen, then hike along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, then don't miss a visit to Paateri, and finally admire the sheer force of Tarhapuro Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip maker website.

You can drive from Oulu to Koli National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:

Lappeenranta

— 2 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 24th (Fri), see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Nicholas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ruokolahden Kirkko, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, examine the collection at Wolkoff House Museum, then don't miss a visit to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lappeenranta online route planner.

Getting from Koli National Park to Lappeenranta by car takes about 4 hours. July in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:

Kotka

— 2 nights
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. On the 26th (Sun), stroll around Riverside Park, then examine the collection at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, and finally admire all the interesting features of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum, then witness the site of a historic battle at Utti Fort, then take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Sibelius Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotka holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:

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 30th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, make a trip to Senate Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."