15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC
Bus + Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h
6
Kouvola
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Washington DC

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Anhava.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Helsinki day trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Helsinki. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 71°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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 19th (Fri): examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: visit Naantali Old Town, admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip maker website.

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kuusamo online travel route planner.

Fly from Turku to Kuusamo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then make a trip to Pikkukirkko, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Savonlinna takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In July in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get outdoors at Imatra Waterfall and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Get some cultural insight at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum and Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Hiidenvuori (in Iitti), Hamina Fortress (in Hamina) and Bunker Museum (in Virolahti). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, walk around Riverside Park, and head off the coast to Lammassaari Island.

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You can drive from Savonlinna to Kouvola in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 54°F. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kotka, Imatra, Hamina, Hiidenvuori, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori

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