16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

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Kotka
— 1 night
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
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Vaasa
— 1 night
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Pori
— 1 night
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Tampere
— 2 nights
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Turku
— 3 nights
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Helsinki
— 3 nights

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Kotka

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, and then visit Hamina Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, then walk around Riverside Park, and finally examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kotka day trip tool.

Helsinki to Kotka is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

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 28th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, and then trek along Paha-Koli Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park tour builder app.

Getting from Kotka to Koli National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 30th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, and finally kick back and relax at Hietasaaren uimaranta.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Vaasa road trip website.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Vaasa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. September in Vaasa sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Pori online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Pori takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 3rd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pori to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Tampere sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Visiting Bellevue Beach and Vepsa Island will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Teijo National Park (in Pernio) and Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo). It doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Turku are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:

Helsinki

— 3 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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and visit Katajanokka.

Discover how to plan a Helsinki trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Helsinki are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:

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."