15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Train
4
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive
5
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Kouvola
— 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.
Visiting Guide-Matti and Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, view the masterpieces at Galerie Forsblom, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and admire the masterpieces at Didrichsen Art Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip builder tool.

Jacksonville, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Jacksonville to Helsinki. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Jacksonville in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

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Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 26th (Sun), browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, then hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and finally shop like a local with Galleria Joella. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then take in the exciting artwork at Turun Taidehalli, then stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally get engrossed in the history at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Turku day trip site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): shop like a local with Haihara Art Centre, then enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then boost your wellbeing at Tullin Sauna, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach.

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You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Vaasa planning app.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Sotkamo

— 2 nights
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. On the 30th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Venajanhiekka, then head outdoors with Kainuun Vaellustalli, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto.

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Traveling by car from Vaasa to Sotkamo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Vaasa in December, expect Sotkamo to be little chillier, temps between -2°C and -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Koli National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, then stroll through Ukko-Koli, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, and then head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kouvola online tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Koli National Park to Kouvola by car takes about 5 hours. In January in Kouvola, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -11°C at night. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military 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."