15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Jerusalem
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10 h 45 min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  8 h 15 min
End: Jerusalem

1
night
Kotka

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. On the 28th (Sat), kick back and relax at Lehman, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, then stroll through Beach Mansikkalahti, and finally step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Stromforsin Ruukki, walk around Riverside Park, and then stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kotka driving holiday planner.

Jerusalem, Israel to Kotka is an approximately 10- hour combination of car and flight. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Jerusalem in September, with highs in Kotka at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Stromforsin Ruukki
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Lehman ©
Lehman
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

1
night
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stop by Imatran Kalatalo, admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lempukka Beach, and finally head off the coast to Lammassaari Island.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Imatra trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Kotka to Imatra in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Imatran Kalatalo ©
Imatran Kalatalo

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 1st (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then look for gifts at Keittioelamaa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Ronga.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Imatra to Tampere takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Keittioelamaa ©
Keittioelamaa

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 3rd (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On the next day, shop like a local with Tikanoja Art Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bock’s Corner Brewery, and then kick back and relax at Hietasaaren uimaranta.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Vaasa road trip website.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Vaasa are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta
Bock’s Corner Brewery ©
Bock’s Corner Brewery

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 5th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Pori Art Museum, then stroll through Herrainpaivat Beach, and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Pori planner.

You can drive from Vaasa to Pori in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach
Pori Art Museum ©
Pori Art Museum

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Joella, browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, and then wander the streets of Naantali Old Town.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Pori to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Kauppakeskus Mylly ©
Kauppakeskus Mylly
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Market Square Kauppatori and Taiga Colors. Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Katajanokka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and take in the exciting artwork at ARTag Gallery.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip site.

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Market Square Kauppatori ©
Market Square Kauppatori

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