15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary builder

Make it your trip
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Old Market Hall and Liopro Finland - Handmade Souvenir. Venture out of the city with trips to Guide-Matti (in Tammisaari) and Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen (in Raseborg). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, examine the collection at Didrichsen Art Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Jacksonville, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Jacksonville to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jacksonville in October, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 48°F and lows about 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 7:

Turku

— 2 nights
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 8th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, then browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and finally shop like a local with Galleria Joella. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then take in the exciting artwork at Turun Taidehalli, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally examine the collection at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Turku trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. October in Turku sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 10th (Sun), view the masterpieces at Haihara Art Centre, then kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then boost your wellbeing at Tullin Sauna, and finally kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere attractions tool.

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 45°F in October, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:

Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Vaasa day trip site.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:
Highlights from your trip

Sotkamo

— 2 nights
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. On the 12th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Venajanhiekka, then head outdoors with Kainuun Vaellustalli, and then kick back and relax at Hiukka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sotkamo trip planning app.

You can drive from Vaasa to Sotkamo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Vaasa in October, expect nights in Sotkamo to be about the same, around 30°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Koli Relax Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Pielinen, then look for all kinds of wild species at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, and then get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip maker tool.

Getting from Sotkamo to Koli National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kouvola trip tool.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kouvola in 5 hours. October in Kouvola sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."