16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly + train:  7​h 30​min
1
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Milan

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visiting Yyteri Beach and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vapriikin Museokeskus and Lenin Museum. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach.

For more things to do and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary website .

Milan, Italy to Tampere is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Milan in July: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Yyteri Beach
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 4th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, then explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along The Archipelago Trail, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Naantali
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail

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Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Vaasa driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Turku to Vaasa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail
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Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Get outdoors at Paha-Koli Hill and Pielinen. Spend the 9th (Fri) exploring nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Koli National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, then wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and then kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotka journey site .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kotka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. August in Kotka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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