16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Milan
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
5
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
6
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Milan

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at The Parola Armour Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museo Militaria, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tampere driving holiday website.

Milan, Italy to Tampere is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Milan to Tampere. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Milan in July, with highs in Tampere at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Museo Militaria, The Parola Armour Museum
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
The Parola Armour Museum ©
The Parola Armour Museum
Museo Militaria ©
Museo Militaria

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, admire the natural beauty at Kultaranta Garden, and then trek along The Archipelago Trail. On the next day, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms and then enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Turku travel planner.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kultaranta Garden
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): admire the striking features of Palace of Junnelius, then enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then examine the collection at Villa Mairea.

For other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Pori online road trip planner.

Drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Pori are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Villa Mairea
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Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach
Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Tikanoja Art Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Hietasaaren uimaranta, and then examine the collection at Vaasa Car & Motor Museum. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, see the interesting displays at Stundars Museum, then relax in the rural setting at Aava Kertun Kotitila, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Kasarmintori ja ortodoksinen kirkko.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Vaasa trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Pori to Vaasa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Vaasa

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Stundars Museum, Aava Kertun Kotitila
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Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta
Vaasa Car & Motor Museum ©
Vaasa Car & Motor Museum

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Paha-Koli Hill and Akka-Koli Hill. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Mine Mining Museum and Joensuu Church. Step out of Koli National Park with an excursion to Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko in Joensuu--about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, and see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park attractions planner.

You can drive from Vaasa to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In August in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli, Joensuu, Old Mine Mining Museum
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Old Mine Mining Museum ©
Old Mine Mining Museum

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. On the 11th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Valkmusa National Park. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kymi Church, then head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Mansikkalahti.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Kotka journey site.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Kotka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Valkmusa National Park, Marian Kirkko
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Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park
Marian Kirkko ©
Marian Kirkko
Kymi Church ©
Kymi Church

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Nuuksio National Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Katajanokka and Ullanlinna. Step out of Helsinki to go to Raseborg and see Ekenas Archipelago National Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: make a trip to Hakaniemi Market.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ekenas Archipelago National Park, Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

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