19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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Tampere
— 2 nights
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Helsinki
— 10 nights
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Kotka
— 3 nights
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Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): examine the collection at Moomin Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then examine the collection at Tampere City Library, Metso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

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Helsinki to Tampere is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Tampere are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

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Helsinki

— 10 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Katajanokka and The National Museum of Finland. Mannerheim Museum and Kansallisgalleria are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki), Hanko (Tulliniemi Nature Path & Bellevue Beach) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Nuuksio National Park. Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Ekenas Archipelago National Park. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki online vacation planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 18:

Kotka

— 3 nights
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 19th (Mon): make a trip to Main Building of Military School, steep yourself in history at Hamina Fortress, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, then make a trip to St. John's Church, and finally examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Mielakka Ski Center.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Kotka trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Helsinki to Kotka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. November in Kotka sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:

Lappeenranta

— 3 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the views from Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi and then don't miss a visit to Viewing Platform in Puumala. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Wolkoff House Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, then buy something for everyone on your list at IsoKristiina, and finally have some family-friendly fun at HopLop.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Lappeenranta day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Lappeenranta takes 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 30°F. On the 24th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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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."