17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Galerie Forsblom will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temppeliaukio Church and Helsinki Cathedral. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, stop by Artisaani, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki itinerary builder.

Washington, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Helsinki is 7 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington in July; daily highs in Helsinki reach 71°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 6:

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 7th (Wed): wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, then browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and finally view the masterpieces at Galleria Joella. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and then shop like a local with Turun Taidehalli.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku vacation planning website.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 9th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), then enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, and finally shop like a local with Pori Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Pori online road trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Pori are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 9:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 10th (Sat), look for gifts at Tea Shop Veistrom, then view the masterpieces at Laukko Manor, then test the waters at Tullin Sauna, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere day trip planning website.

Getting from Pori to Tampere by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Merila, then explore the striking landscape at Hiidenvuori, and finally take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

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You can drive from Tampere to Kouvola in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Kouvola sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, then stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, then trek along Akka-Koli Hill, and finally trek along Paha-Koli Hill. On the next day, explore the activities along Pielinen, hike along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, and then trek along Makravaara Hill.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Koli National Park takes 5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Outdoors Oulu Oy, walk around Hupisaaret Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, then pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Oulu trip maker tool.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:

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."