15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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

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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.
Pack the 30th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki sightseeing planner.

Manchester, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks

Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Hiidenvuori (in Iitti), Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla) and Woikosken Automuseo (in Mantyharju). Spend the 1st (Sun) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. There's more to do: trek along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and explore the galleries of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Kouvola visit planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kouvola in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Kouvola sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Oulu.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 4th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, then grab your bike and head to Outdoors Oulu Oy, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Koitelinkoski. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, walk around Ainolan Puisto, then stroll around Hupisaaret Park, and finally admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Oulu travel route planning site.

Traveling by flight from Kouvola to Oulu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Oulu, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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: trek along Akka-Koli Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, explore the activities along Pielinen, and don't miss a visit to Paateri.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Koli National Park online journey planner.

You can drive from Oulu to Koli National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In August in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Pori.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): walk around Kirjurinluoto, enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Pori road trip site.

Getting from Koli National Park to Pori by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In August in Pori, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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 10th (Tue), look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tampere travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Pori to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Theme Parks

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."