15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
5
Oulu
— 1 night
Fly
6
Pori
— 1 night
Drive
7
Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Belfast

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nuuksio National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Get some cultural insight at Temppeliaukio Church and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto in Vantaa--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and make a trip to Senate Square.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki travel app.

Belfast, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Belfast to Helsinki is 2 hours. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 12th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arboretum Mustila, examine the collection at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiidenvuori, and finally stroll through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kouvola day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kouvola takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Koli National Park

— 4 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.
Get outdoors at Paha-Koli Hill and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. When in Koli National Park, make a side trip to see Paalasmaan Surukivi in Juuka, approximately Juuka away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, hike along Herajarvi Hiking Trail, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Koli National Park takes 5 hours. In August in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 17:

Rukatunturi

— 1 night
On the 18th (Wed), take an exotic tour of Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, and then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

Before you visit Rukatunturi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Rukatunturi in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Koli National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rukatunturi, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): stroll around Hupisaaret Park, then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, then admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Outdoors Oulu Oy.

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Traveling by car from Rukatunturi to Oulu takes 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Oulu are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Pori.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 19:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, and finally walk around Kirjurinluoto.

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You can fly from Oulu to Pori in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Pori are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 20:

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 21st (Sat): kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Pori to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 21:

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."