18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
Fly:  7 h
5
Oulu
— 1 night
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Naantali Old Town and Turku Cathedral. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, kick back and relax at Vepsa Island, and work off some steam at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Turku travel planner.

Vaxjo, Sweden to Turku is an approximately 15-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Naantali Old Town
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Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
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. On the 11th (Thu), visit Hamina Old Town, look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, thendon't miss a visit to Stromforsin Ruukki, and finally wander the streets of Linden Esplanade. On your second day here, walk around Sapokka Water Garden, head off the coast to Lehman, and then stroll through Beach Mansikkalahti.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka visit planner.

You can drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Stromforsin Ruukki, Hamina Old Town
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Lehman ©
Lehman
Stromforsin Ruukki ©
Stromforsin Ruukki
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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.
Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, make a trip to Senate Square, enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hietaranta Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Otsamo Fell, see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Inari trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Inari in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in July: high temperatures in Inari hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
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. On the 18th (Thu), hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, view the masterpieces at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral, thenexamine the collection at Oulun Taidemuseo, and finally kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach. On your second day here, walk around Ainolan Puisto, examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, thenidentify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, and finally examine the collection at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Oulu road trip tool.

Fly from Inari to Oulu in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Oulu

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

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at Visavuori and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Take a break from Tampere with a short trip to Linna Golf & Country Club in Hameenlinna, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Oulu to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July in Tampere, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car 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
Visavuori ©
Visavuori
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), thenenjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pori trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach
Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) ©
Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko)

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