22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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22 days in Finland Itinerary

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
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. Your inner history buff will appreciate Stromforsin ruukki and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Get in touch with nature at Repovesi National Park and Riverside Park. Get out of town with these interesting Kotka side-trips: Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola) and Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Linden Esplanade and kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kotka trip itinerary builder tool .

Manama, Bahrain to Kotka is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Manama to Kotka, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manama in August, things will get colder in Kotka: highs are around 23°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough 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 ©
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Take a break from the city and head to Paha-Koli Hill and Ukko-Koli Hill. Spend the 3rd (Tue) exploring nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Kotka to Koli National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

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): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Tikanoja Art Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hietasaaren uimaranta.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Vaasa road trip site .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Vaasa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta
Bock’s Corner Brewery ©
Bock’s Corner Brewery

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Pori Art Museum, kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach.

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

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Pori takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Pori, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri 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.
Relax by the water at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach. For shopping fun, head to Laukko Manor or Tallipihan Suklaapuoti. When in Tampere, make a side trip to see Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto in Ylojarvi, approximately 54 minutes away. There's more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere travel route planner.

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Head to Kauppakeskus Mylly and Photographic Centre Perifor some retail therapy. Visiting Bellevue Beach and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna will get you outdoors. When in Turku, make a side trip to see Teijo National Park in Pernio, approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Naantali Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Turku vacation planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Teijo National Park, Bellevue Beach, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Naantali Old Town
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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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Rock Church and Kamppi Chapel of Silence for their historical value. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Market Square Kauppatori, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, view the masterpieces at ARTag Gallery, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki tour planner .

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. 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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