26 days in Finland Itinerary

26 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 5 nights
Train
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Vaasa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly

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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Attractions like Herrainpaivat Beach and Yyteri Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of the city life by going to Hatanpaa Arboretum and Rauhaniemi Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi), Rapola Ridge (in Valkeakoski) and Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) (in Pori). Pack the 25th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Church, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and identify plant and animal life at Pohtiolampi.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Tampere trip builder website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tampere is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Tampere due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Tampere. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Vaasa

Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Powerpark and Hietasaaren uimaranta. Get out of town with these interesting Vaasa side-trips: Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala (in Kauhava) and Pietarsaari (Arctic Museum Nanoq & Skata). Spend the 28th (Tue) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Vaasa trip maker tool.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Oulu.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:

2
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Oulu

Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral, explore the landscape on two wheels at Outdoors Oulu Oy, stroll around Ainolan Puisto, identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, then hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, and finally appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Oulu online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vaasa to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:

2
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Sotkamo

Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Venajanhiekka, head outdoors with Kainuun Vaellustalli, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sotkamo trip itinerary website.

Drive from Oulu to Sotkamo in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Paha-Koli Hill and Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. Spend the 6th (Thu) exploring nature at Kolovesi National Park. There's lots more to do: hike along Akka-Koli Hill, stroll through Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, explore the activities along Pielinen, and identify plant and animal life at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park online day trip planner.

Getting from Sotkamo to Koli National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. August in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 7:

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Kouvola

Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Repovesi National Park and World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill. Get outdoors at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Riverside Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kouvola: Hiidenvuori (in Iitti) and Kotka (Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, Linden Esplanade, &more). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kouvola day trip site.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kouvola in 5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:

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Helsinki

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.
Get outdoors at Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto and Pihlajasaari Recreational Park. Kids will appreciate attractions like Temppeliaukio Church and Helsinki Cathedral. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. Pack the 14th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online travel route planner.

Drive from Kouvola to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

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."