15 days in Lakeland, Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Region Itinerary

15 days in Lakeland, Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Region Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Fly
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Oulu
— 1 night
Fly
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hatanpaa Arboretum and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. There's lots more to do: walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, examine the collection at Postal Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, and look for gifts at Hameenkatu.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere attractions planner.

Rome, Italy to Tampere is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Tampere is 1 hour. Traveling from Rome in August, you will find days in Tampere are cooler (23°C), and nights are a bit cooler (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 5:

Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 6th (Fri), get outside with Yyterin Nakotorni and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Kuuskajaskari and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Pori trip planner.

Drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Pori are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:

Turku

— 2 nights
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 8th (Sun): make a trip to Naantali Old Town, then hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral and then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Turku trip planning site.

Getting from Pori to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. August in Turku sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Kouvola.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 10th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. On the next day, stroll around Sapokka Water Garden and then see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kouvola trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Kouvola takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Kouvola are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Oulu.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, and then admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral.

To find maps and tourist information, go to the Oulu road trip planning website.

Fly from Kouvola to Oulu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip app.

Fly from Oulu to Savonlinna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 13:

Helsinki

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nuuksio National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, get your bearings at Oodi Central Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and get a taste of the local shopping with Hakaniemi Market.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Helsinki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 17: