15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Pori
— 1 night
Drive
6
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Amsterdam

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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nuuksio National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Head to Market Square Kauppatori and Kamppi Shopping Centrefor some retail therapy. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto in Vantaa--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, look for gifts at Artisaani, make a trip to Senate Square, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Helsinki online travel planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Amsterdam to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Linden Esplanade, get into the urban bustle at Ankkapurha Cultural Park, then explore the striking landscape at Hiidenvuori, and finally take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kouvola trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Kouvola by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Get outdoors at Paha-Koli Hill and Kasken Kierros Nature Trail. And it doesn't end there: trek along Akka-Koli Hill, stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Koli National Park takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the activities along Koitelinkoski, walk around Ainolan Puisto, and then stroll around Hupisaaret Park. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, grab your bike and head to Outdoors Oulu Oy, view the masterpieces at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, then stroll through Nallikari Beach, then appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, and finally make a trip to Kauppahalli.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Oulu trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Pori.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 14th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Herrainpaivat Beach, then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, and finally explore the world behind art at Pori Art Museum.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Pori trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Oulu to Pori takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, shop like a local with Laukko Manor, then boost your wellbeing at Tullin Sauna, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): shop like a local with Haihara Art Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and finally stop by Tea Shop Veistrom.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tampere travel route planner.

Getting from Pori to Tampere by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas

Side Trips

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."