15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary builder

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
5
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive
6
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
7
Inari
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Ranua
— 2 nights
Drive to Rovaniemi Airport, Fly to Tel Aviv

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Porvoo Old Town. Visit Temppeliaukio Church and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Cathedral of Porvoo in Porvoo (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and explore the galleries of Mannerheim Museum.

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Tel Aviv, Israel to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. When traveling from Tel Aviv in August, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Turku Castle and Old Rauma. Turku Cathedral and The Ruins of the Church of the Holy Trinity will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Koylio Church (in Koylio) and The Church of the Holy Cross (in Rauma). The adventure continues: stop by Naantali Old Town, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Turku day trip website.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 17:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), then get engrossed in the history at Rosenlew Museum, then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Herrainpaivat Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Pori online holiday planner.

Drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Pori are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 18:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tampere sightseeing tool.

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 19:

Imatra

— 1 night
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.
On the 20th (Fri), trek along Malonsaari, pause for some serene contemplation at Tainionkosken Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, then see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

Plan my day in Imatra using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Tampere to Imatra in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 20:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 21st (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna online travel route planner.

Drive from Imatra to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 21:

Inari

— 2 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, then head outdoors with Lake Inari, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, then stroll through Juutua Nature Trail, and then take an exotic tour of Visit Inari Safaris & Accommodation.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Inari planning website.

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, Inari is slightly colder than Savonlinna - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ranua.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

Ranua

— 2 nights
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. On the 24th (Tue), get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo.

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You can drive from Inari to Ranua in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Ranua

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:
Highlights from your trip

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.