15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
+2
bus + Fly + train:  7​h 30​min
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
Kuusamo
— 1 night
6
Inari
— 1 day
Fly + train:  5​h
7
Kouvola
— 2 nights
8
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
End: Glasgow

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 17th (Fri): examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, then get engrossed in the history at Emil Aaltosen Museo, and finally make a trip to Visavuori.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere visit planner .

Glasgow, UK to Tampere is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Glasgow in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Tampere, with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Visavuori
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mariehamn trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Mariehamn in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. May in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kobba Klintar ©
Kobba Klintar

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 20th (Mon), examine the collection at Waino Aaltonen Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally explore the galleries of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre ©
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): add some adventure to your tour with Archipelago National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Oro.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kimito Island attractions planning website .

Traveling by car from Turku to Kimito Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Kimito Island sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 24th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kuusamo tour itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Kimito Island to Kuusamo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kimito Island in May: high temperatures in Kuusamo hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

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

1
day
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then examine the collection at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Inari trip planning website .

Fly from Kuusamo to Inari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Inari, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 27th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hiidenvuori, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, make a trip to Linden Esplanade, then browse the exhibits of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kouvola online trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Inari to Kouvola in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. In May, Kouvola is somewhat warmer than Inari - with highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kotka, Hiidenvuori, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip planning site .

You can take a train from Kouvola to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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