18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
Fly
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Oulu
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly

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Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Venture out of the city with trips to Birthplace of Jean Sibelius (in Hameenlinna) and Parola (Holy Cross Church & The Parola Armour Museum). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum and steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary maker.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Tampere when traveling from Amsterdam in July, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 17th (Sat), walk around Kirjurinluoto, kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, and finally see the interesting displays at Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Pori trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Pori takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Pori are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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 19th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then examine the collection at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, and finally examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and finally make a trip to Archangel Michael's church.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Kouvola.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Bring the kids along to Repovesi National Park and Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth. Venture out of the city with trips to Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala), Riverside Park (in Kotka) and Ungern and Rosen Fortresses (in Loviisa). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and see the interesting displays at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kouvola day trip planner.

You can fly from Turku to Kouvola in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Oulu.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, then stroll around Hupisaaret Park, and finally stroll around Ainolan Puisto.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Oulu visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Kouvola to Oulu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Koli National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, then stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, and finally trek along Paha-Koli Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): explore the activities along Pielinen, then trek along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, then don't miss a visit to Paateri, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Tarhapuro Waterfall.

Make your Koli National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

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 July, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Helsinki

— 5 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.
Family-friendly places like Temppeliaukio Church and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna will thrill your kids. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. Pack the 29th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, get to know the resident critters at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Koli National Park to Helsinki. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature

Side 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."