15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
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Kouvola
— 1 night
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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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.
Shop till you drop at Market Square Kauppatori and Kamppi Shopping Centre. Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park are in your itinerary. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, wander the streets of Katajanokka, get a taste of local nightlife at Pien Shop, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki holiday app.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in September, expect Helsinki to be much colder, temps between 19°C and 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tampere.
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Tampere — 1 night

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 6th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then see the interesting displays at Lenin Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Valokuvakeskus Nykyaika.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Turku.
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Turku — 2 nights

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 7th (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, then browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then examine the collection at Turku Biological Museum, and finally take a stroll through Naantali Old Town.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Turku day trip planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Kouvola.
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Kouvola — 1 night

Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 9th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kouvola trip planner.

You can fly from Turku to Kouvola in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Savonlinna.
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Savonlinna — 1 night

The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, see the interesting displays at Finnish Forest Museum Lusto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Koli National Park.
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Ukko-Koli Hill and Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen. Pielisen Museum and Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Koli National Park's surroundings by going to Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market) (in Joensuu) and Karu Survival (in Kontiolahti). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and indulge in some personalized pampering at Koli Relax Spa.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park travel route planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Koli National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.
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Rovaniemi — 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 14th (Wed), take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Thu) before leaving for home.
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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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