24 days in Finland Itinerary

24 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 1 night
Train
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Kotka

— 4 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Kouvola (Repovesi National Park, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, &more), Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Hiidenvuori (in Iitti). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, stroll around Riverside Park, and see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kotka trip planner.

Amritsar, India to Kotka is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Amritsar to Kotka. In August, Kotka is much colder than Amritsar - with highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 5:

Lappeenranta

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sammonlahden Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, and finally see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ristikankaan kappeli, then examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savitaipale Church.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lappeenranta route planning site.

Getting from Kotka to Lappeenranta by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:

Koli National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Paha-Koli Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Makravaara Hill, explore the activities along Pielinen, and don't miss a visit to Paateri.

Plan my day in Koli National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Koli National Park in 4 hours. In August in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 11th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, then walk around Hupisaaret Park, and finally stroll around Ainolan Puisto.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Oulu day trip planning tool.

Drive from Koli National Park to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 11:

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 find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Visavuori (in Valkeakoski), Hameenlinna (Aulanko & Palander House) and Parola (The Parola Armour Museum & Holy Cross Church). Pack the 12th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum and steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tampere travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Oulu to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:

Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): stop by Patakirppis, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, then kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko). Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, and finally steep yourself in history at The Ruins of the Church of the Holy Trinity.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Pori trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Pori takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Pori sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): examine the collection at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then don't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naantali Church. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Pori to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Turku sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 18:

Helsinki

— 6 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.
Pack the 21st (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip builder tool.

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 24:

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."