15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip builder

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Pori
— 1 night
Drive
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly
7
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive
8
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Boston

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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The Aalto House. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stop by Katajanokka, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and stop by Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki online travel planner.

Boston, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Boston to Helsinki. In July, Helsinki is little chillier than Boston - with highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Arboretum Mustila. Get some cultural insight at Sandcastle Lappeenranta and Kouvola Tube Radio Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Kotka (Museum of Aviation & Riverside Park), Lahti (Lahti Art Museum & Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo) and Church of Hollola (in Hollola). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Lappeenrannan kirkko, explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and get engrossed in the history at South Karelia Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kouvola itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kouvola takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kouvola are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Kouvola

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 16th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, then examine the collection at Tampere City Library, Metso, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, and finally see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere road trip planning app.

You can drive from Kouvola to Tampere in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 17th (Sat), kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, stroll through Yyteri Beach, then shop like a local with Pori Art Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Pori trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. July in Pori sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 18th (Sun), hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and finally gain insight at Turku Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Marttyyrikeisarinna Aleksandran Kirkko, then make a trip to Naantali Old Town, then pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and finally see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Turku online attractions planner.

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 1 night
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antikbutiken, see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Oulu.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Outdoors Oulu Oy, and finally stroll through Hupisaaret Park.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Oulu day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Oulu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In July, daytime highs in Oulu are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): hit the slopes at Levi Ski Resort.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Levi trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Oulu to Levi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. July in Levi sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 50°F at night. You will leave for home on the 23rd (Fri).

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Tours · Adventure · Trails
Highlights from your trip

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."