15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Turku
— 2 nights
4
Pori
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Tampere
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Newark

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rock Church and The Esplanadi Park. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Market Square Kauppatori and Artisaani. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

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Newark, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Helsinki is 7 hours. Traveling from Newark in May, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 60°F and 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Mansikkalahti, then wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, and then step off the mainland to explore Lehman.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kotka holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Lehman ©
Lehman

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 27th (Mon): browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli and then browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Galleria Joella, then take in the exciting artwork at Photographic Centre Peri, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally wander the streets of Naantali Old Town.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku road trip planning site .

Getting from Kotka to Turku by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 29th (Wed), kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at 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.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Pori holiday builder .

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Pori sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Ruokapuoti Lumo
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Ruokapuoti Lumo ©
Ruokapuoti Lumo
Kauppakeskus Puuvilla ©
Kauppakeskus Puuvilla

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visavuori and Pyhan Birgitan kirkko will appeal to history buffs. You'll get in some beach time at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach. Go for a jaunt from Tampere to Vesilahti to see Laukko Manor about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Ronga, browse the range of quality goods at City Sokos, and view the masterpieces at Haihara Art Centre.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pori to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Tampere sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Laukko Manor, Visavuori, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Spas & Wellness
Keittioelamaa ©
Keittioelamaa

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nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, view the masterpieces at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Oulu Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Haukipudas Church.

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You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. June in Oulu sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 48°F at night. On the 4th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Haukipudas Church
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli