15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Toronto
Fly:  13 h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
4
Vaasa
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Toronto

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.
You'll explore and learn at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temppeliaukio Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Katajanokka, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, stop by Ullanlinna, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Helsinki day trip planning website.

Toronto, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. In August, Helsinki is slightly colder than Toronto - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki 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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, thenstep off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Mansikkalahti. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, and then get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kotka trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Kotka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Kotka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Arboretum Mustila
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Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum ©
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama, thenhike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then hike along Akka-Koli Hill. On your second day here, look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, trek along Herajarvi Hiking Trail, and then hike along Paha-Koli Hill.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Koli National Park day trip planning site.

You can drive from Kotka to Koli National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In August, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

1
day
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Vaasa journey maker site.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Vaasa in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 18th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Pori Art Museum, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Pori trip planning website.

Drive from Vaasa to Pori in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach
Pori Art Museum ©
Pori Art Museum

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Take a break from the city and head to Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Hatanpaa Arboretum. Vapriikin Museokeskus and Emil Aaltosen Museo will appeal to museum buffs. Go for a jaunt from Tampere to Ylojarvi to see Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Pori to Tampere by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

2
nights
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 (Thu): take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, thenexplore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, thenget engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and finally soothe aching muscles at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Turku itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Ett Hem Museum ©
Ett Hem Museum

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