15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Oulu
— 1 night
Drive
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Saarijarvi
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 1 night
Drive
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, and then catch all the local highlights with Feelapland.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi journey builder website.

Barcelona, Spain to Rovaniemi is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Rovaniemi. Traveling from Barcelona in July, things will get slightly colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
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Oulu

Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 8th (Mon), stroll around Ainolan Puisto, identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Oulu route planner.

Take a train from Rovaniemi to Oulu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Saarijarvi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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Saarijarvi

Saarijärvi is a town and municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Hakki National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Saarijarvi trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Oulu to Saarijarvi in 4 hours. In July in Saarijarvi, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Saarijarvi

Parks · Nature
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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kids will enjoy Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Rauhaniemi Beach. Step out of Tampere with an excursion to Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto in Ylojarvi--about 56 minutes away. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum and enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Saarijarvi to Tampere takes 3 hours. July in Tampere sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Attractions like Turku Castle and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Teijo National Park in Pernio, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, kick back and relax at Vepsa Island, and take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Turku journey maker.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, then walk around Sapokka Water Garden, then stroll around Riverside Park, and finally examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kotka trip website.

Getting from Turku to Kotka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature
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Helsinki

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Temppeliaukio Church and Helsinki Cathedral. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). Pack the 18th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Finland travel guide

4.1
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."

Central Finland travel guide

3.9
Specialty Museums · History Museums · Military Museums
Central Finland is a region in Finland. It borders the regions of Päijät-Häme, Pirkanmaa, Southern Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia, Northern Ostrobothnia, Pohjois-Savo, and Etelä-Savo.Jyväskylä is the regional centre and by far the largest city in the area.Historical provincesFor history, geography and culture see: Tavastia, Savonia, Ostrobothnia

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Southwest Finland travel guide

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Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Southwest Finland, also known in English as Finland Proper is the region in south-western Finland that borders the regions of Satakunta and Tavastia Proper. Its capital and biggest city is Turku with 182,000 inhabitants and metro population of 316,000. Turku was also the most important city in Finland from its establishment around the 13th century until the 1840s.The area comprising the southwest is largely the same as the historical province of Finland Proper, so named because it is the original home of the tribe known as the Finns. 5.7% of population of the region speaks Swedish natively.Origin of the nameThe name of Finland Proper has a historical function. In historic times, in the area of the present southern Finland lived three tribes, which were the Finns, the Tavastians and the Karelians. The southwestern part of the country, the province where the Finns lived, was called simply Finland (Finnish: Suomi). In the 17th century the name began to be used to refer to the whole land and a specified name for the lesser Finland was required. The first notes Fennigia specialiter dicta and Fennigia presse dicta were recorded in Latin in the 1650s and the Swedish Finland för sig sielft and Egenteliga Finland later in the 18th century the modern form Egentliga Finland being in official use at the end of the century. The Finnish term Varsinais-Suomi became established only around the 1850s.

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