15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, make a trip to Senate Square, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, and learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Helsinki is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 18°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay May 27 — 31:

Koli National Park

— 4 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Koli National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park. In May, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 4:

Kotka

— 3 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. Go for a jaunt from Kotka to Kouvola to see Repovesi National Park about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: walk around Riverside Park, browse the fresh offerings at Kotka Marketplace, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail, and browse the different shops at Shopping Centre Pasaati.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kotka online trip builder.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kotka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 7:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral. On your second day here, see what you can catch with VMB Fishing.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip site.

Getting from Kotka to Turku by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 9:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."