17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Naples
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Kemi
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Pori
— 1 night
6
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Naples

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): trek along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): wander the streets of Stromforsin ruukki, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kotka vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Naples, Italy to Kotka is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Naples in August, expect nights in Kotka to be little chillier, around 13°C, while days are colder, around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Stromforsin ruukki, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Arboretum Mustila
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Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church ©
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Get outdoors at Paha-Koli Hill and Pielinen. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To see more things to do and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Koli National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

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

1
night
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Lapponia Safaris - Day tours has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), then admire the landmark architecture of Kemi Church, and then identify plant and animal life at Lapponia Safaris - Day tours. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kemi vacation maker app .

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Kemi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Kemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Tornio
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Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church
Tornio Church ©
Tornio Church

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night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Stromso, sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, then see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Terranova. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Vaasa attractions website .

You can drive from Kemi to Vaasa in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

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night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), then take an in-depth tour of Rosenlew Museum, then make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Pori trip planner .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Pori takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Pori are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Rosenlew Museum ©
Rosenlew Museum

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 24th (Sat), wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, and then explore the galleries of Turku Castle. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Pori to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

4
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.
Rock Church and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Helsinki Cathedral and Katajanokka. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately 46 minutes away. Pack the 29th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the masterpieces at Design Museum, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki visit planner .

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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