18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

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


Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Do your shopping at Laukko Manor and City Sokos. Oravivuori Triangulation Tower and Finlayson Church will appeal to history buffs. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Pihamaa Estate & Winery (in Asikkala), Hameenlinna (Evo Hiking Area & Birthplace of Jean Sibelius) and St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa (in Sastamala). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Petajavesi Old Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, examine the collection at Emil Aaltosen Museo, and stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tampere road trip app.

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, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Tampere is minus 10 hours. When traveling from Auckland in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tampere: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Oravivuori Triangulation Tower, Petajavesi Old Church, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Pihamaa Estate & Winery
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St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa ©
St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa
Petajavesi Old Church ©
Petajavesi Old Church
Birthplace of Jean Sibelius ©
Birthplace of Jean Sibelius


Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Martinkirkko and St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vepsa Island and Kuusisto Manor. There's much more to do: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Abo Akademi, walk around Kupittaa Park, hike along The Archipelago Trail, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Turku trip tool.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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 ©
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island


Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, walk around Hupisaaret Park, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Haukipudas Church and then browse the different shops at Ideapark Oulu.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Oulu visit planning app.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Oulu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. 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


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.
Visit Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Old Customs House for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hakaniemi Market and Cathedral of Porvoo. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki), Brunberg Candy Factory Shop (in Porvoo) and Kotka (Linden Esplanade & Sapokka Water Garden). There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Mannerheim Museum, find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, view the masterpieces at Galleria Lapinlahti, and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool.

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 to home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

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