15 days in Oulu, Joensuu & Helsinki Itinerary

15 days in Oulu, Joensuu & Helsinki Itinerary

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15 days in Oulu, Joensuu & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  21 h 30 min
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
— 6 nights
Fly + Foot + Tram:  16 h 45 min
End: Dallas


Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, get a taste of the local shopping with Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, then take in the exciting artwork at Atelier Gallery Kaikkonen, then see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, and finally look for gifts at Luovon Puoji.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Oulu online driving holiday planner .

Dallas, USA to Oulu is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 8 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Dallas in June; daily highs in Oulu reach 61°F and lows reach 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Oulu

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Luovon Puoji, Haukipudas Church
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Kauppahalli ©
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church


Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Do your shopping at Rapio Mill and Taitokortteli. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Honkaniemi Beach and Utra Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Joensuu side-trips: Olavinlinna Castle (in Savonlinna), Lieksa (Pielisen Museum, Neitikoski Rapids, & more) and Kerimaki Church (in Kerimaki). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, trek along Paha-Koli Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Joensuu trip planning site .

Getting from Oulu to Joensuu by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Joensuu

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Rapio Mill, Olavinlinna Castle, Kerimaki Church
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Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church


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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Rock Church and The Esplanadi Park. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Porvoo (Brunberg Candy Factory Shop & Taidetehdas - Culture and Congress Center). And it doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and browse the different shops at Jumbo Shopping Center.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki vacation website .

Explore your travel options from Joensuu to Helsinki with the Route module. In June, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Porvoo, Jumbo Shopping Center, Sello
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church