22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Manama
Fly + Drive:  14 h
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
2
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Manama

2
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
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. Visiting Repovesi National Park and Beach Mansikkalahti will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Linden Esplanade and Stromforsin Ruukki. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola). There's more to do: stroll around Riverside Park and appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kotka planner.

Manama, Bahrain to Kotka is an approximately 14- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Manama to Kotka is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Manama in August: high temperatures in Kotka hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kouvola, Stromforsin Ruukki, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
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.
Visiting Ukko-Koli Hill and Akka-Koli Hill will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill, look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, and hike along Makravaara Hill.

To find out how to plan a trip to Koli National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Kotka to Koli National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Tikanoja Art Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bock’s Corner Brewery, and then kick back and relax at Hietasaaren uimaranta.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vaasa route tool.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Vaasa in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. September in Vaasa sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Tikanoja Art Museum ©
Tikanoja Art Museum
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Pori Art Museum, stroll through Herrainpaivat Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Pori trip planner.

You can drive from Vaasa to Pori in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach
Pori Art Museum ©
Pori Art Museum

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visit Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach for some beach relaxation. Head to Laukko Manor and Tallipihan Suklaapuotifor some retail therapy. Change things up with a short trip to Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto in Ylojarvi (about 1 hour away). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Laukko Manor, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Take a break from the city and head to Bellevue Beach and Teijo National Park. You'll explore and learn at Turku Castle and Photographic Centre Peri. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and identify plant and animal life at Vepsa Island.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Turku online travel route planner.

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Teijo National Park, Naantali Old Town, Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park

5
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and ARTag Gallery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Temppeliaukio Church and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, visit Katajanokka, and look for gifts at Artisaani.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online journey maker.

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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