17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route maker

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly

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Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary planning tool.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Tampere is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -3.5 hour difference. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in July, things will get colder in Tampere: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 16:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and finally deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip app.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Kotka

— 3 nights
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. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Kouvola (Repovesi National Park, World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Riverside Park, admire the natural beauty at Fuksinpuisto Park, admire the striking features of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, and explore the galleries of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kotka trip maker tool.

Getting from Turku to Kotka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Kotka are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:

Lappeenranta

— 2 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 22nd (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, pause for some serene contemplation at Ruokolahden Kirkko, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Nicholas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Lappeenrannan kirkko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church, then don't miss a visit to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta journey builder tool.

You can drive from Kotka to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): soothe aching muscles at Koli Relax Spa, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, then trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, then trek along Akka-Koli Hill, and finally trek along Paha-Koli Hill. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, then make a trip to Paateri, then trek along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Koli National Park trip builder website.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Koli National Park by car takes about 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:

Helsinki

— 6 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.
Pack the 26th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, make a trip to Market Square Kauppatori, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Koli National Park to Helsinki. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 31:

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."