17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Pori
— 1 night
Drive
6
Tampere
— 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.
Kids will enjoy Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Your inner history buff will appreciate Helsinki Cathedral and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), don't miss a visit to Senate Square, add some adventure to your tour with Burn Out City Events, and get outside with Haagan Alppiruusupuisto.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

Vilnius, Lithuania to Helsinki is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 6th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Linden Esplanade, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, and finally take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kouvola day trip app.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kouvola takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kouvola are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 7:

Koli National Park

— 5 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Paha-Koli Hill and Neitikoski Rapids. Step out of Koli National Park to go to Rautavaara and see Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: hike along Akka-Koli Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasken Kierros Nature Trail.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Koli National Park day trip planning site.

Getting from Kouvola to Koli National Park by car takes about 5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 12:

Vaasa

— 2 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hietasaaren uimaranta, get interesting insight from Zip Adventure Park, then see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail.

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Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Vaasa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): test your team's savvy at Mysteeri Pori - Escape Room with a Story, kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Pori online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Pori takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Pori are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:

Tampere

— 2 nights

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): look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Pori to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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."