16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive
3
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive
5
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
7
Pori
— 1 night
Drive
8
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Budapest

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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.
Pack the 6th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

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Budapest, Hungary to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to fly to Oulu.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): walk around Ainolan Puisto, then stroll around Hupisaaret Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Outdoors Oulu Oy.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Oulu vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Oulu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Oulu at -2°C and lows at -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:

Koli National Park

— 3 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Pielinen, trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and soothe aching muscles at Koli Relax Spa.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Koli National Park online trip planner.

Getting from Oulu to Koli National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:

Imatra

— 1 night
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Tainionkosken Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, and then see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Imatra road trip website.

Getting from Koli National Park to Imatra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Koli National Park in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Imatra, with lows of -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Imatra

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and then take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kouvola trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Imatra to Kouvola takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can fly to Turku.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 18th (Sat), trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Turku online trip maker.

You can fly from Kouvola to Turku in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach.

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

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Pori sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 20th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, browse the exhibits of Sarkanniemi Theme Park, and then look for gifts at Hameenkatu. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at The Parola Armour Museum and then stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tampere route maker tool.

Drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Tampere, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

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."