15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
2
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Vaasa
— 2 nights
5
Pori
— 1 night
6
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  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), head off the coast to Lehman, then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, then kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti, and finally head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Stromforsin ruukki, identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, and then stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kotka day trip planning tool .

Jerusalem, Israel to Kotka is an approximately 11-hour flight. In September, Kotka is colder than Jerusalem - with highs of 17°C and lows of 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

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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): look for gifts at Imatran Kalatalo, admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lempukka Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Lammassaari Island.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Imatra online trip planner .

Drive from Kotka to Imatra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Imatra can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then look for gifts at Keittioelamaa. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planner .

Getting from Imatra to Tampere by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In September in Tampere, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can 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

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nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): shop like a local with Tikanoja Art Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hietasaaren uimaranta.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vaasa trip itinerary site .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Bock’s Corner Brewery ©
Bock’s Corner Brewery
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta

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Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 5th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Pori Art Museum, then kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then stroll through Yyteri Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pori travel planner.

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Pori takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri 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): browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, then relax and rejuvenate at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Galleria Joella, then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly, and then don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Turku are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 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

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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.
Do your shopping at Market Square Kauppatori and ARTag Gallery. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner .

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to 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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