16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 1 night
Drive
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Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Relax by the water at Rauhaniemi Beach and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Kids will appreciate attractions like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Step out of Tampere with an excursion to Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto in Ylojarvi--about 56 minutes away.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tampere tour planner.

Marseille, France to Tampere is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, train, and ferry. Traveling from Marseille to Tampere, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Marseille in August, things will get little chillier in Tampere: highs are around 23°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 7th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then kick back and relax at Vepsa Island. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, and then take a stroll through Naantali Old Town.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip maker tool.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Junnelius, then kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then stroll through Yyteri Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Pori road trip app.

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Pori

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

Vaasa

— 2 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hietasaaren uimaranta, see the interesting displays at Terranova, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Vaasa trip maker website.

You can drive from Pori to Vaasa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Vaasa sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Paha-Koli Hill and Akka-Koli Hill. The adventure continues: hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama, delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, and explore the activities along Pielinen.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Koli National Park itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vaasa to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. August in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:

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.
Popular historic sites such as Temppeliaukio Church and The Esplanadi Park are in your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nuuksio National Park and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Pack the 18th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and visit Ullanlinna.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Koli National Park to Helsinki. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 18:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."