15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
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Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vaasa
— 1 day
Train
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 1 day

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 2nd (Tue), look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi tour planner.

Washington DC, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in July: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 67°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 3:

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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park online vacation planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. July in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 5:

Vaasa

— 1 day
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Vaasa holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Vaasa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 6:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): try out the rides at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tampere day trip planning site.

Getting from Vaasa to Tampere by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Tampere are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 9th (Tue), have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: browse the collection at Turku City Library, then wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, and then trek along The Archipelago Trail.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Turku trip planning tool.

Getting from Tampere to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. July in Turku sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Trails · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:

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 11th (Thu), examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail, and then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth and then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kotka planner.

You can drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

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 15th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online tour builder.

Drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

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."