15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Beijing
Fly:  11 h
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
5
Joensuu
— 2 nights
Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Beijing

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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Bring the kids along to Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Korkeasaari Zoo. Venture out of the city with trips to Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Heureka (in Vantaa). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, visit Katajanokka, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and admire the masterpieces at Design Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Helsinki day trip planning site.

Beijing, China to Helsinki is an approximately 11- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Beijing to Helsinki, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Beijing in August, plan for colder days in Helsinki, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Heureka
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

2
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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 15th (Thu): stop by Naantali Old Town, then have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, and then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle. On the next day, grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and finally hike along The Archipelago Trail.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Turku online tour planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Naantali
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tampere holiday planner.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On your second day here, head outdoors with Setterbergin Puisto, pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, and then trek along Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Vaasa online journey planner.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko
Setterbergin Puisto ©
Setterbergin Puisto

2
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Step out of the city life by going to Ukko-Koli Hill and Paha-Koli Hill. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Joensuu: Koli National Park (Pielinen, Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, &more).

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Joensuu vacation planner.

You can drive from Vaasa to Joensuu in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. August in Joensuu sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

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