15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
Drive:  2 h
4
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train:  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.
For shopping fun, head to Market Square Kauppatori or Kamppi Shopping Centre. Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Helsinki vacation planner.

Newark, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. 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
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, 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

Beaches Outdoors 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.
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 Photographic Centre Peri, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally wander the streets of Naantali Old Town.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Turku takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and flight. 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 Spas

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. 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 reviews, more things to do, 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

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Ruokapuoti Lumo
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach
Ruokapuoti Lumo ©
Ruokapuoti Lumo

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Head to Laukko Manor and Galleria Rongafor some retail therapy. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach. 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 look for gifts at Keittioelamaa.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, 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 bus; or take a train. 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

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Laukko Manor, Visavuori, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Laukko Manor ©
Laukko Manor
City Sokos ©
City Sokos

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nights
Oulu

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 ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Oulu trip builder app.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Oulu takes 4.5 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

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

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