16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Oulu
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive
5
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Fly
6
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
7
Pori
— 1 night
Drive
8
Tampere
— 1 night
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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 27th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and stroll around The Esplanadi Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Helsinki day trip tool.

New York City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, things will get a bit cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 71°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly to Oulu.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 31st (Sat), grab your bike and head to Outdoors Oulu Oy, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then walk around Ainolan Puisto, and then stroll through Hupisaaret Park.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Oulu day trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Oulu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:

Koli National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): trek along Akka-Koli Hill and then trek along Paha-Koli Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and then relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip planning app.

You can drive from Oulu to Koli National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In August, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

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.
On the 4th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, and then see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Imatra itinerary planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Imatra in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Imatra

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 4:

Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kouvola: Kotka (Riverside Park & Sapokka Water Garden). Spend the 5th (Thu) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and see the interesting displays at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kouvola day trip site.

You can drive from Imatra to Kouvola in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. August in Kouvola sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:

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 8th (Sun), stroll through Bike Rental - by Carfield, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Kouvola to Turku takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 8:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach and then stroll through Herrainpaivat Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Pori day trip planning app.

Getting from Turku to Pori by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. August in Pori sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 9:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and then stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere driving holiday site.

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 10:

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."