15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive
5
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive
6
Pori
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temppeliaukio Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Step out of the city life by going to Nuuksio National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take a stroll through Katajanokka, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Helsinki online road trip planner.

Berlin, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 30:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 31st (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenvuori, then take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Tykkimaen Sauna.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kouvola holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kouvola takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Kouvola sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 1:

Koli National Park

— 3 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 Ukko-Koli Hill. There's still lots to do: stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, trek along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, explore the activities along Pielinen, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip planning tool.

Getting from Kouvola to Koli National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get interesting insight from Outdoors Oulu Oy, then identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Oulu day trip planning website.

Drive from Koli National Park to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September, daytime highs in Oulu are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:

Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Vaasa road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Vaasa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stroll around Kirjurinluoto, enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pori vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Vaasa to Pori in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 7:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll get in some beach time at Rauhaniemi Beach and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Get in touch with nature at Hatanpaa Arboretum and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto. When in Tampere, make a side trip to see St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa in Sastamala, approximately Sastamala away. And it doesn't end there: boost your wellbeing at Tullin Sauna, join in the after-dark buzz at Tea Shop Veistrom, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Tampere are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:

Finland travel guide

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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."