18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kouvola
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly

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Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get outdoors at Repovesi National Park and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Maritime Centre Vellamo and Fuksinpuisto Park. Go for a jaunt from Kouvola to Kotka to see Sapokka Water Garden about 48 minutes away.

To see reviews and tourist information, go to the Kouvola trip planner.

Rome, Italy to Kouvola is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Kouvola due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rome in July: high temperatures in Kouvola hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:

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 26th (Mon): examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Church, then examine the collection at The Parola Armour Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Kouvola to Tampere in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Tampere are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:

Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 28th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Herrainpaivat Beach, then stroll through Yyteri Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko). Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Pori trip planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July in Pori, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turku Castle and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Step off the beaten path and head to Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and Turku Cathedral. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, and stroll around Kultaranta Garden.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Turku road trip planning website.

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 1:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): stroll around Lilla holmen, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, and finally try your luck at PAF Casino. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Salis Batteri, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm - Open-air Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Mariehamn online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

Helsinki

— 6 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.
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nuuksio National Park and Katajanokka. Change things up with a short trip to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo (about 50 minutes away). There's much more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip maker app.

Fly from Mariehamn to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 9:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."