15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Oulu
— 2 nights
Train
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ivalo
— 2 nights
Fly

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Helsinki

— 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hakaniemi Market, SEA LIFE Helsinki, Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa), and other attractions you added. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Porvoo Old Town. Step out of Helsinki to go to Vantaa and see Heureka, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: walk around Kaivopuisto, get your bearings at Oodi Central Library, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and admire the landmark architecture of The National Library of Finland.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip tool.

New York City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Helsinki is 7 hours. In August, Helsinki is little chillier than New York City - with highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 6:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and then explore the galleries of Turku Castle. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral and then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Turku online visit planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can fly to Oulu.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Loihakka has been added to your itinerary. On the 9th (Tue), get outside with Loihakka, then explore the activities along Koitelinkoski, and then get outside with Superpark Oulu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi and then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Oulu online visit planner.

Getting from Turku to Oulu by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August in Oulu, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Snowman World Igloo Hotel as well as Safaris. Step off the beaten path and head to Ranua Zoo and Science Centre Pilke. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Auttikongas, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, and explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi visit planner.

Take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Ivalo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:

Ivalo

— 2 nights
Ivalo is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20km south of Lake Inari. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and then head outdoors with Lake Inari. On the next day, examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To see where to stay and tourist information, read Ivalo trip planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Ivalo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In August in Ivalo, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Ivalo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

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."