16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday maker

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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Joensuu
— 3 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vepsa Island and The Archipelago Trail. Get outdoors at Bike Rental - by Carfield and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Abo Akademi, ponder the design of Harmonia, and have fun at Adventure Park.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Turku tour builder website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Turku is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv in August, expect nights in Turku to be cooler, around 12°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Marttinen and Rauhaniemi Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Laukko Manor and Galleria Ronga. Step out of Tampere to go to Hameenlinna and see Evo Hiking Area, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, get engrossed in the history at Emil Aaltosen Museo, and stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tampere road trip app.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 22:

Joensuu

— 3 nights
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Paha-Koli Hill and Rasavaara Observation tower. Take a break from the city and head to Akka-Koli Hill and Utra Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Joensuu side-trips: Koli (Koli Nature Centre Ukko & Koli Shop Retkitupa). There's still lots to do: get outside with Utransaari/ The Utra Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, and don't miss a visit to Joensuu Church.

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Traveling by car from Tampere to Joensuu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August in Joensuu, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Joensuu

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:

Helsinki

— 5 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bellevue Beach and Aurlahti Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Hakaniemi Market. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Kotka (Sapokka Water Garden & Lehman) and Brunberg Candy Factory Shop (in Porvoo). There's lots more to do: stop by Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa), have some family-friendly fun at True VR, and examine the collection at Design Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Joensuu to Helsinki. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 30:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."