18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly + Train:  28 h
1
Tampere
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  28 h
End: Auckland

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visit Oravivuori Triangulation Tower and Birthplace of Jean Sibelius for their historical value. Head to Laukko Manor and Galleria Rongafor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa (in Sastamala), Pihamaa Estate & Winery (in Asikkala) and Evo Hiking Area (in Hameenlinna). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Petajavesi Old Church, take in the pleasant sights at Visavuori, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, and explore the wide array of goods at City Sokos.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere route builder .

Auckland, New Zealand to Tampere is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, ferry, and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in August, you will find days in Tampere are a bit warmer (23°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, Pihamaa Estate & Winery, Visavuori
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Visavuori ©
Visavuori
St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa ©
St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa
Petajavesi Old Church ©
Petajavesi Old Church

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore hidden gems such as Martinkirkko and Vepsa Island. Popular historic sites such as Abo Akademi and Kuusisto Manor are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, have fun at Adventure Park, and deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Bike Rental - by Carfield.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Turku holiday maker tool .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kuusisto Manor
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Martinkirkko ©
Martinkirkko
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, then stroll around Hupisaaret Park, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Haukipudas Church and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ideapark Oulu.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Oulu route maker .

You can fly from Turku to Oulu in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August in Oulu, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Oulu

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Haukipudas Church
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Ideapark Oulu ©
Ideapark Oulu
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church
Spas

6
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Mannerheim Museum. Cathedral of Porvoo and Old Customs House will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki), Kotka (Linden Esplanade & Sapokka Water Garden) and Brunberg Candy Factory Shop (in Porvoo). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Hakaniemi Market, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, don't miss a visit to SkyWheel Helsinki, and stop by Katajanokka.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Oulu to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 19th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotka, Porvoo, Arboretum Mustila, Paavolan Tammi, Marian Kirkko
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Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©