16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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

1
night
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. 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.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, 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

Side Trips

Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Hamina Old Town, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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.
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 find reviews, more things to do, 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
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
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.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, 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
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Bock’s Corner Brewery ©
Bock’s Corner Brewery
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
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.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, 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

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
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.

For reviews 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 bus; or take a train. 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 take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Visiting Bellevue Beach and Teijo National Park will get you outdoors. When in Turku, make a side trip to see Mathildedalin Kylapanimo in Salo, approximately Salo away. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Turku trip planning site.

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Turku, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Bellevue Beach, Teijo National Park
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Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

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 out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, and stop by Katajanokka.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Helsinki day trip planning site.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. October in Helsinki sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Ullanlinna ©
Ullanlinna

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