15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Vaasa
— 1 day
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  14​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
day
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): stop by Your Piece Of Finland, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi attractions planning app .

Washington DC, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Rovaniemi is 7 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in July; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 67°F and lows reach 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
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, museums, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, hike along Paha-Koli Hill, explore the activities along Pielinen, and make a trip to Paateri.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. 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

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Pielinen

1
day
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 6th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For reviews and more tourist information, read our Vaasa trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Koli National Park to Vaasa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Wildlife Parks
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2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 7th (Sun), look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tampere trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Vaasa to Tampere takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 9th (Tue), get your game on at Moomin World, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: browse the collection at Turku City Library, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, and then hike along The Archipelago Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Turku sightseeing app .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, and then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, take in the pleasant sights at Ankkapurha Culture Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kotka trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trip

Ankkapurha Culture Park
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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.
Pack the 15th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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