39 days in Finland Itinerary

39 days in Finland Itinerary

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39 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Oulu
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Helsinki
— 10 nights
train:  30​min
4
Espoo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Porvoo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Turku
— 3 nights
7
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Pori
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Kokkola
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
10
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Tampa

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, contemplate the long history of Oulu Cathedral, then pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Ainolan Puisto, engage your brain at Tietomaa, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Oulu vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Tampa, USA to Oulu is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tampa to Oulu, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Tampa in September; daily highs in Oulu reach 56°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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Tietomaa ©
Tietomaa
Ainolan Puisto ©
Ainolan Puisto
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bock’s Corner Brewery. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Terranova, cool off at Tropiclandia, and then contemplate the long history of Stromso.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Vaasa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Oulu to Vaasa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Bock’s Corner Brewery ©
Bock’s Corner Brewery
Tropiclandia ©
Tropiclandia

10
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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Vantaa and see Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and get in on the family fun at Linnanmaki Amusement Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip maker website .

You can fly from Vaasa to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Espoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Vantaa
Find places to stay Sep 24 — Oct 4:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Espoo

Espoo ©
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): have fun and explore at Exhibition Centre WeeGee and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Espoo Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, then catch some excitement at Trap Factory, and finally explore the activities along Kaitalampi.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Espoo trip itinerary maker tool .

Espoo is just a short distance from Helsinki. In October, daily temperatures in Espoo can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Porvoo.

Things to do in Espoo

Nature Parks Museums
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Arctic Expedition ©
Arctic Expedition
Kaitalampi ©
Kaitalampi

5
nights
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Porvoo: Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola), Kotka (Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, Maritime Centre Vellamo, & more) and Ungern and Rosen Fortresses (in Loviisa). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town, visit a coastal fixture at Söderskärin majakka, stop by Riimikko, and contemplate the long history of The Runeberg Home.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Porvoo online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Espoo to Porvoo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Porvoo can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Porvoo

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Kotka, Lahti, Ungern and Rosen Fortresses, Repovesi National Park
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 12:
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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 13th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, get your game on at Moomin World, then buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Turku day trip planner.

You can drive from Porvoo to Turku in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October in Turku, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Hameenlinna (Hame Castle & Palander House). There's still lots to do: see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tampere vacation site .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October in Tampere, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Hameenlinna
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

3
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): examine the collection at Marela Museum House, brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, and finally get great views at Rauma Water Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Kirjurinluoto, don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Pori trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Pori takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Pori are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kokkola.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Rauma
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum

2
nights
Kokkola

Kokkola ©
Kokkola is a town and municipality of Finland. On the next day, wander the streets of Neristan (Old Wooden Town), see the interesting displays at K.H. Renlund Museum, then see the interesting displays at Arctic Museum Nanoq, and finally examine the collection at The Toivonen Animal Park and Peasant Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kokkola vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Pori to Kokkola in 4 hours. October in Kokkola sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 32°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kokkola

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pietarsaari
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Arctic Museum Nanoq ©
Arctic Museum Nanoq
Aspegrens Rosenlund ©
Aspegrens Rosenlund
Neristan (Old Wooden Town) ©
Neristan (Old Wooden Town)

3
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, then examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of New Valamo Monastery.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Kokkola to Savonlinna in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In October, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, The Parikkala Sculpture Park, New Valamo Monastery
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

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