16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Mustasaari
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Zurich

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla). Pack the 24th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Fortress of Suomenlinna, appreciate the history behind Sibelius Monument, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Helsinki. Traveling from Zurich in August, you will find days in Helsinki are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Valkmusa National Park, Nuuksio National Park
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. On the 26th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venajanhiekka. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hiidenportti National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Sotkamo holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Sotkamo. In August in Sotkamo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Sotkamo

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trip

Venajanhiekka
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park
Hiukka ©
Hiukka

1
day
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. On the 28th (Tue), get great views at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mustasaari journey planner .

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Mustasaari takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daytime highs in Mustasaari are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Pori.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 29th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), admire the masterpieces at Pori Art Museum, then don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, and finally kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Pori online attractions planner .

Drive from Mustasaari to Pori in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Pori are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): head off the coast to Vepsa Island, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Kurjenrahka National Park, explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, and then wander the streets of Naantali Old Town.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip planning app .

Getting from Pori to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere itinerary site .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Museums, #Theme Parks
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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