17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 11 nights
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Vaasa
— 1 night
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Tampere
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

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.
Get some historical perspective at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Helsinki Cathedral and Katajanokka. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Kotka (Santalahti Nature Trail, Riverside Park, &more), Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). Spend the 13th (Fri) exploring nature at Teijo National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, head outdoors with Haagan Alppiruusupuisto, and wander the streets of Naantali Old Town.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Helsinki. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Vaasa

Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): examine the collection at Vaasa Car & Motor Museum, then see the interesting displays at Terranova, then examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Vaasa tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Vaasa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
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Tampere

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 (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere day trip planning site.

You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors
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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."