21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Espoo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vantaa
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jyvaskyla
— 3 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 4 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki visit app.

Austin, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Austin to Helsinki. In October, Helsinki is much colder than Austin - with highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Espoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 24:

Espoo

— 2 nights
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. On the 24th (Sun), walk around Nuuksio National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Iso Omena and then get outside with Arctic Expedition.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Espoo trip builder tool.

Espoo is very close to Helsinki. In October in Espoo, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Vantaa.

Things to do in Espoo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

Vantaa

— 2 nights
Though technically its own city, Vantaa is considered by many to be a Helsinki suburb, and it is where most visitors land when they fly to Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get curious at Heureka, then buy something for everyone on your list at Flamingo Entertainment Center, and then cool off at Flamingo Spa. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Porvoo and then get engrossed in the history at Finnish Aviation Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Vantaa trip maker app.

Vantaa is just a short distance from Espoo. In October in Vantaa, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vantaa

Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 28th (Thu), learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Turku Art Museum, then trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, and then get advice or help at Turku City Library.

Before you visit Turku, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Vantaa to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. October in Turku sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Vapriikin Museokeskus and Suomen Pelimuseo. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, stop by Hameenkatu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tampere online vacation planner.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:

Jyvaskyla

— 3 nights
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Get out of town with these interesting Jyvaskyla side-trips: Petajavesi Old Church (in Petajavesi), Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari) and Himos Ski Resort (in Jamsa). There's more to do: examine the collection at Toivolan Vanha Piha.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Jyvaskyla driving holiday planner.

Getting from Tampere to Jyvaskyla by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. November in Jyvaskyla sees daily highs of 35°F and lows of 28°F at night. On the 4th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

Oulu

— 4 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Bring the kids along to Outdoors Oulu Oy and Ainolan Puisto. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, and engage your brain at Tietomaa.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Oulu trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Jyvaskyla to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In November in Oulu, expect temperatures between 35°F during the day and 27°F at night. On the 8th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 8:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."