18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Naantali
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hanko
— 1 night
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Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Lieksa
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Lieksa
— 4 nights
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Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Porvoo
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Porvoo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Bristol

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Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 17th (Tue), find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip website.

Bristol, UK to Tampere is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Tampere are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Turku

— 3 nights
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 19th (Thu): tour in harmony with nature at Bike Rental - by Carfield, get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, then learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally stay fit while traveling at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and then trek along The Archipelago Trail.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Turku are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Naantali.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:

Naantali

— 2 nights
Naantali is a town in south-western Finland, known as one of the most important tourist centres of the country. Appreciate the collections at Louhisaari Manor and Soderlangvik Gard. Explore Naantali's surroundings by going to Uusikaupunki (Automobile Museum & Bonk Museum). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kultaranta Garden, have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, and take an in-depth tour of Naantali museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Naantali tour itinerary builder tool.

Naantali is just a stone's throw from Turku. In September, daytime highs in Naantali are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Hanko.

Things to do in Naantali

Museums · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

Hanko

— 1 night
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Hanko Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Hanko Water Tower, and then kick back and relax at Bellevue Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hanko day trip planning tool.

Getting from Naantali to Hanko by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Hanko

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:

Lieksa

— 4 nights
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Let the collections at Pielisen Museum and Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni capture your imagination. Visiting Venajanhiekka and Ukko-Koli Hill will get you outdoors. Explore Lieksa's surroundings by going to Koli National Park (Rasavaara Observation tower, Uhrihalkeama, &more), Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu) and Joensuu (Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma & Kauppakeskus Iso Myy). There's more to do: examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lieksa trip itinerary planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hanko to Lieksa. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Porvoo.

Things to do in Lieksa

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 28:

Porvoo

— 2 nights
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, then visit a coastal fixture at Söderskärin majakka, then don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town, and finally revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenkirnut, then see the interesting displays at Porvoo Museum/Holm House, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Porvoo.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Porvoo trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lieksa to Porvoo. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Porvoo

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

Helsinki

— 2 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.
On the 1st (Tue), stroll around Nuuksio National Park and then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then take a stroll through Katajanokka, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner.

Traveling by car from Porvoo to Helsinki takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."

Koli National Park travel guide

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Hiking Trails · Bodies of Water · Landmarks
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage. Koli lies on the western shore of Lake Pielinen. Its slopes are home to the country's longest valley dotted with waterfalls and caves. Long regarded as a sacrificial site and sacred abode of powerful spirits, the area was uninhabited until the mid-18th century. Slash-and-burn agricultural heritage and traditional Finnish breeds of cow and sheep are still highly valued in Koli. The area's hills, lakes, and narrow islands invite nature enthusiasts to enjoy outdoor activities year round.