15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
2
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
+2
train + Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Aland Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  4​h
4
Rauma
— 2 nights
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  23​h 15​min
End: New York City

4
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Fortress of Suomenlinna. Pack the 20th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get a new perspective on nature at Finnish Museum of Natural History, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (Nykytaiteen Museo), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip generator.

New York City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Helsinki. Traveling from New York City in July, things will get slightly colder in Helsinki: highs are around 72°F and lows about 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Lappeenranta.

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Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal and then take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lappeenranta itinerary builder.

Getting from Helsinki to Lappeenranta by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Aland Island.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Imatra Waterfall
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal

3
nights
Aland Island

Aland Island ©
There are many things that distinguish the autonomous Aland Islands from the rest of Finland, including the fact that they have their own parliament, issue their own stamps, and speak Swedish as the official language.
On the 24th (Tue), brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, and then stroll through Kobba Klintar. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Kastelholms Slott, explore the historical opulence of Kastelholm, and then examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum.

For photos and more tourist information, you can read our Aland Island trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of train and flight from Lappeenranta to Aland Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Rauma.

Things to do in Aland Island

Museums Parks Nature
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

2
nights
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy some diversion at Moomin World, then learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rauma tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Aland Island to Rauma in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In July, daily temperatures in Rauma can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Rauma

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Yyteri Beach
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 29th (Sun), find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere holiday planner.

You can drive from Rauma to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Tampere, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park