15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Auckland

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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.
Helsinki is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, make a trip to Old Market Hall, and admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki itinerary planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Helsinki is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Auckland to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Helsinki, with highs around 21°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kotka.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Kotka — 2 nights

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. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): stroll around Isopuisto Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, admire the natural beauty at Sibelius Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church, then stroll around Riverside Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, then stroll around Sapokka Water Garden, then let the kids burn off some steam at Katariina Seaside Park, and finally stroll around Herb Garden Redoubt.

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

Drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Turku.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Fun & Games
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Turku — 3 nights

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
When in Turku, make a side trip to see VMB Fishing in Salo, approximately Salo away. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, trek along The Archipelago Trail, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, and admire the natural beauty at Alppiruusupuisto.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Turku trip maker app.

You can drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Turku, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Tampere.
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Tampere — 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then test the waters at Tullin Sauna, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally shop like a local with Valokuvakeskus Nykyaika. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Gegwen Getaways, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tampere tour builder tool.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. June in Tampere sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 14th (Wed), you're off to home.
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Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife
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Finland travel guide

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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."
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