16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
train:  3​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h
End: Helsinki

3
nights
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.
Pack the 6th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki holiday site .

St. Petersburg, Russia to Helsinki is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Helsinki. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Change things up with a short trip to Repovesi National Park in Kouvola (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotka travel route builder site .

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Repovesi National Park
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get lost in a book at Turku City Library, don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town, and then stroll through The Archipelago Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Turku trip planner .

Getting from Kotka to Turku by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. July in Turku sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

Naantali
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

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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 12th (Fri): see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tampere visit planner.

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Vaasa online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

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nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, museums, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, trek along Akka-Koli Hill, and contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

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Traveling by car from Vaasa to Koli National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids

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day
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 18th (Thu), look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Nature Museums Parks
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Your Piece Of Finland ©
Your Piece Of Finland

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