17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Kotka
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Helsinki is minus 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in Helsinki at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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 5th (Mon): let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, then take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, and then head off the coast to Vepsa Island. Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at Moomin World, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then work off some steam at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Naantali
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

Plan my day in Tampere using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, then make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Pori trip planning app .

You can drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Vaasa visit planner.

Traveling by car from Pori to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

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nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Take a break from the city and head to Paha-Koli Hill and Ukko-Koli Hill. Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park day trip tool .

Getting from Vaasa to Koli National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. In August in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Uhrihalkeama ©
Uhrihalkeama

3
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
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. Get in touch with nature at Repovesi National Park and Beach Mansikkalahti. Venture out of the city with trips to Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola) and Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Linden Esplanade, take in nature's colorful creations at Sibelius Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kotka trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Kotka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kouvola, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Beach Mansikkalahti ©
Beach Mansikkalahti

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