18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Vaxjo
Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Inari
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
5
Oulu
— 1 night
Fly + train:  4​h 15​min
6
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 15​min
End: Vaxjo

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get a sense of the local culture at Naantali Old Town and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo) and Bellevue Beach (in Hanko). The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Turku Castle, work off some steam at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Turku online trip planner .

Vaxjo, Sweden to Turku is an approximately 14.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vaxjo to Turku. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Bellevue Beach, Naantali Old Town
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
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. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): wander the streets of Hamina Old Town, identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, then take a stroll through Stromforsin ruukki, and finally take a stroll through Linden Esplanade. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lehman, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Mansikkalahti.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kotka tour planner .

You can drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Stromforsin ruukki, Hamina Old Town
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Beach Mansikkalahti ©
Beach Mansikkalahti
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Rock Church. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Katajanokka, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Stadin Panimo, and kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki planner .

Drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
On the 17th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell, see the interesting displays at Siida, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Inari online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in July, with highs in Inari at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

1
night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, view the masterpieces at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Oulun Taidemuseo, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ainolan Puisto, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, and finally examine the collection at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Oulu online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Inari to Oulu takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Museums Beaches
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo ©
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Visavuori. Change things up with a short trip to Linna Golf & Country Club in Haemeenlinna (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tampere road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Oulu to Tampere takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Tampere sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Visavuori, Linna Golf & Country Club
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 23rd (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach.

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

Traveling by car from Tampere to Pori takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Pori sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

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