15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Bologna
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
1
Porvoo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Oulu
— 1 night
Fly + train:  4​h 15​min
6
Tampere
— 1 night
7
Rauma
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Bologna

2
nights
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Haukkavuori Lookout Tower, then head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Michael Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Jarvenpaan kirkko.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Porvoo travel planner .

Bologna, Italy to Porvoo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Bologna in August, you will find days in Porvoo are much colder (23°C), and nights are a bit cooler (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Porvoo

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kotka, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Jarvenpaan kirkko, St Michael Church, Arboretum Mustila
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Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo

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 10th (Sat): explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, get your game on at Flowpark, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lappeenranta trip planner .

You can drive from Porvoo to Lappeenranta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Imatra Waterfall
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Flowpark ©
Flowpark

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night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, and finally pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Savonlinna tour planner.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

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nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): see Santa Claus Office, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online attractions planner .

You can fly from Savonlinna to Rovaniemi in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

1
night
Oulu

Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 14th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, then pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and finally kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Oulu online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Oulu are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Oulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Safaris
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli

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night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Oulu to Tampere in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Tampere

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

1
night
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, see the interesting displays at Marela Museum House, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, then take an in-depth tour of The Old Town Hall Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, and finally stroll the grounds of Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rauma online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Rauma takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August in Rauma, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

Museums Historic Sites
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

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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 17th (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, then get lost in a book at Turku City Library, and finally trek along The Archipelago Trail.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Rauma to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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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.
On the 19th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Linnanmaki Amusement Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki itinerary tool .

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Historic Sites Tours
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral