19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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19 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Vantaa
1
Vantaa
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
2
Espoo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Lieksa
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Porvoo
— 7 nights
bus:  1​h
8
Helsinki
— Few hours
train:  15​min
End: Vantaa

few
hours
Vantaa

Vantaa
Though technically its own city, Vantaa is considered by many to be a Helsinki suburb, and it is where most visitors land when they fly to Finland.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Vantaa online trip builder .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In August in Vantaa, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. You'll set off for Espoo on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in Vantaa

Parks Museums Historic Sites

1
night
Espoo

Espoo ©
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. You've now added Nuuksio National Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Espoo vacation planner .

Espoo is very close to Vantaa. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Espoo

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

2
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 10th (Sat): take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then admire the masterpieces at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then trek along The Archipelago Trail, and finally stroll through Kultaranta Garden.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Espoo to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Naantali
Highlights from your plan
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Change things up with a short trip to Hame Castle in Hameenlinna (about 52 minutes away). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and see the interesting displays at Lenin Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip planner .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Hame Castle
Highlights from your plan
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

4
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Visiting Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Boreal Wildlife Centre will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uhrihalkeama and Pielisen Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Lieksa side-trips: New Valamo Monastery (in Heinavesi) and Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli). There's lots more to do: trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, make a trip to Paateri, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lieksa day trip website .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Lieksa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In August in Lieksa, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Boreal Wildlife Centre, Koli Shop Retkitupa, New Valamo Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

2
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): wander the streets of Hamina Old Town, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, and then take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo and then get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kotka tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Lieksa to Kotka by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Hamina Old Town, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Arboretum Mustila
Highlights from your plan
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

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nights
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Get some cultural insight at Cathedral of Porvoo and Söderskärin majakka. Get in touch with nature at Hiidenkirnut and Vaaksy Canal. Change things up with these side-trips from Porvoo: Apulandia (in Lahti), Fagerö Kaunissaari (in Pyhtaa) and Loviisa (Loviisan kirkko, Laivasilta, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Kiikunlahde, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Michael Church, make a trip to Porvoo Old Town, and see the interesting displays at Albert Edelfelt Studio Museum.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Porvoo tour itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Kotka to Porvoo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. On the 27th (Tue), you're off toHelsinki.

Things to do in Porvoo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Loviisa, Hiidenkirnut, Fagerö Kaunissaari, Vaaksy Canal, Apulandia
Highlights from your plan
Vaaksy Canal ©
Vaaksy Canal
Hiidenkirnut ©
Hiidenkirnut
Apulandia ©
Apulandia

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hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then wander the streets of Katajanokka.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner .

Take a bus from Porvoo to Helsinki in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

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