18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Fly + train:  9​h
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Naantali
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Hanko
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Lieksa
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
6
Porvoo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
7
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Bristol

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip planner.

Bristol, UK to Tampere is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bristol to Tampere due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Spas

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, then learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and then trek along The Archipelago Trail.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Turku road trip planning website .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Naantali.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Old Rauma
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre ©
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre

2
nights
Naantali

Naantali ©
Naantali is a town in south-western Finland, known as one of the most important tourist centres of the country. Appreciate the collections at Louhisaari Manor and Soderlangvik. Get out of town with these interesting Naantali side-trips: Uusikaupunki (Automobile Museum & Bonk Museum). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, get your game on at Moomin World, admire the natural beauty at Kultaranta Garden, and get engrossed in the history at Naantali museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Naantali trip itinerary website .

Naantali is just a short distance from Turku. September in Naantali sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hanko.

Things to do in Naantali

Museums Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trips

Uusikaupunki, Soderlangvik, Louhisaari Manor
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Louhisaari Manor ©
Louhisaari Manor
Soderlangvik ©
Soderlangvik
Bonk Museum ©
Bonk Museum

1
night
Hanko

Hanko ©
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. On the 24th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Hanko Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Hanko Water Tower, and then kick back and relax at Bellevue Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hanko road trip tool .

You can drive from Naantali to Hanko in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Hanko

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Hanko Museum ©
Hanko Museum

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. Get in touch with nature at Ukko-Koli Hill and Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. Pielisen Museum and Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Lieksa's surroundings by going to Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu), Joensuu (Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma & Kauppakeskus Iso Myy) and Koli Nature Centre Ukko (in Koli). There's lots more to do: stroll through Venajanhiekka, take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lieksa day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Hanko to Lieksa with the Route module. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Porvoo.

Things to do in Lieksa

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Joensuu, Old Mine Mining Museum, Koli Nature Centre Ukko, Venajanhiekka
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Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma ©
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

2
nights
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
On the 29th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, then enjoy the sea views from Söderskärin majakka, then don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town, and finally revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, explore the striking landscape at Hiidenkirnut, then examine the collection at Porvoo Museum/Holm House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Porvoo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Porvoo road trip site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lieksa to Porvoo. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Helsinki.

Things to do in Porvoo

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Linden Esplanade, Hiidenkirnut
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hiidenkirnut ©
Hiidenkirnut
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town

2
nights
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 1st (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park and then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then wander the streets of Katajanokka, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner .

You can take a bus from Porvoo to Helsinki in an hour. Another option is to drive. September in Helsinki sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

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