15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly + train:  7​h 15​min
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
2
Rauma
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Bucharest

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 17th (Wed), stop by Culinaria keittiöelämää. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, then take a stroll around Tampere Hall, and finally stop by Ideapark.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary planning app .

Bucharest, Romania to Tampere is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bucharest in January, with highs in Tampere at -5°C and lows at -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Tampere

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Ideapark
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Tammelantori ©
Tammelantori
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

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Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo Oy, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Cross, Rauma, then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church, look for gifts at Patakirppis, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Rauma travel route planner .

Drive from Tampere to Rauma in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January in Rauma, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Pori
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

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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 22nd (Mon): deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rauma to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Turku sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C at night. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Kauppakeskus Mylly ©
Kauppakeskus Mylly

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, steep yourself in history at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pääskylahden kirkko, then make a trip to Riihisaari, then appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Turku to Savonlinna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Turku in January; daily highs in Savonlinna reach -7°C and lows reach -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

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

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night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 26th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Lappee Maria kyrka, then examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Taipalsaaren kirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta visit planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Taipalsaaren kirkko
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Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Taipalsaaren kirkko ©
Taipalsaaren kirkko

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night
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 27th (Sat): kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry. On your second day here, trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, admire the landmark architecture of Main Building of Military School, then pause for some serene contemplation at Marian kirkko, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, and finally admire the striking features of Hamina Town Hall.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kotka itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Kotka sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hamina, Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa ©
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa
Marian Kirkko ©
Marian Kirkko

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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at S-market Hakaniemi and Artisaani. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, look for gifts at Boss, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki tour planner .

Drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Helsinki are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Outdoors Parks
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Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria