15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: George Town, Penang Island
Bus + Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Rauma
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  20 h
End: George Town, Penang Island

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Head to Market Square Kauppatori and Stockmann's Department Storefor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at S-market Hakaniemi, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by Academic Bookstore.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Helsinki journey planner .

George Town, Malaysia to Helsinki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from George Town to Helsinki. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from George Town in August: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get some cultural insight at Tampere Cathedral and Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Evo Hiking Area and Hatanpaa Arboretum. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki observation tower, look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and get into the urban bustle at Tampere Hall.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Evo Hiking Area, Ideapark
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

1
night
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Cross, Rauma, look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo Oy, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at old City Hall, then enjoy the sea views from Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Rauma road trip site .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Rauma takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September in Rauma, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Yyteri Beach
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Old Town Hall Museum ©
The Old Town Hall Museum

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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 3rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly and then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rauma to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
night
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 5th (Wed): trek along Santalahti Nature Trail and then identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marian kirkko, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church, and finally wander the streets of Linden Esplanade.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Kotka day trip planning website .

Getting from Turku to Kotka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September in Kotka, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hamina, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church
Marian Kirkko ©
Marian Kirkko