15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Train
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Oulu
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

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.
For shopping fun, head to Market Square Kauppatori or Artisaani. Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, wander the streets of Katajanokka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hietaranta Beach.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki online road trip planner.

Newark, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Newark to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in May, things will get a bit cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 60°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:

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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 26th (Sun), stroll through Beach Mansikkalahti, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and then kick back and relax at Lehman.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotka driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Kotka sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Highlights from your trip

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Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 27th (Mon), buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli and then browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Galleria Joella, take in the exciting artwork at Turun Taidehalli, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally wander the streets of Naantali Old Town.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Turku takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

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Pori

Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach and then stroll through Yyteri Beach. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, take in the exciting artwork at Pori Art Museum, and then look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Pori online route planner.

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 28 — 30:

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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Head to Laukko Manor and Keittioelamaafor some retail therapy. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Rauhaniemi Beach and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Step out of Tampere to go to Valkeakoski and see Visavuori, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: browse the range of quality goods at City Sokos, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, take in the exciting artwork at Haihara Art Centre, and shop like a local with Galleria Ronga.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere day trip planning app.

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Tampere, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

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Oulu

Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 3rd (Mon), hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, get a taste of the local shopping with Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, then pause for some serene contemplation at Oulu Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Haukipudas Church.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Oulu trip builder app.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Oulu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In June in Oulu, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 48°F at night. On the 4th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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."