15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
Drive + Fly:  21 h 15 min
1
Turku
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  4 h
3
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h
6
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: New York City

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step out of the city life by going to Teijo National Park and Kurjenrahka National Park. Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku route site.

New York City, USA to Turku is an approximately 22.5- hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Turku is 7 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from New York City in October, with highs in Turku at 48°F and lows at 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Teijo National Park, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Popular historic sites such as Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hatanpaa Arboretum and Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Marttinen (in Virrat) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere attractions website.

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Marttinen, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 23rd (Tue), relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm and then explore the stunning scenery at Julma Olkky. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tampere in October: highs in Kuusamo hover around 37°F, while lows dip to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 25th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then get advice or help at Riihisaari, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Savonlinna travel site.

Drive from Kuusamo to Savonlinna in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kuusamo in October, expect nights in Savonlinna to be about the same, around 34°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko
Riihisaari ©
Riihisaari

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
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 Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Ukko-Koli. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Koli Nature Centre Ukko. The adventure continues: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, explore the activities along Pielinen, and stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 42°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Koli Nature Centre Ukko
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, walk around Sibelius Monument, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Koli National Park to Helsinki. Traveling from Koli National Park in October, expect nights in Helsinki to be about the same, around 35°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti) ©
Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti)
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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