15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Vaasa
— 1 day
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Helsinki

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.
Pack the 7th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, make a trip to The Esplanadi Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip builder website .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Helsinki. In May, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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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. On the 8th (Wed), delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and then see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, and finally head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Kotka online holiday maker .

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Kotka sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Trails Museums

Side Trips

Salpa Line Museum, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip app .

You can drive from Kotka to Savonlinna in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

3
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, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

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

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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 14th (Tue): look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi day trip website .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. When traveling from Koli National Park in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 12°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Parks Nature
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Your Piece Of Finland ©
Your Piece Of Finland

1
day
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 15th (Wed), head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

Plan trip to Vaasa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Vaasa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. On your second day here, have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, and finally go for a walk through Visavuori.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tampere trip maker website .

You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Tampere are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Visavuori
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Visavuori ©
Visavuori
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall

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Turku

Turku ©
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 18th (Sat): trek along The Archipelago Trail, have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku road trip planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Turku sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Fun & Games Trails

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

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