18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
5
Mikkeli
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: Boston

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and then sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Saltkaret, snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta, examine the collection at Terranova, then examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, and finally make a splash at Tropiclandia.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Vaasa trip planner.

Boston, USA to Vaasa is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Boston to Vaasa due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Boston in June, with highs in Vaasa at 62°F and lows at 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mustasaari
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum ©
Bock’s Corner Brewery ©
Bock’s Corner Brewery

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 24th (Wed), get your game on at Moomin World, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get lost in a book at Turku City Library, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

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Getting from Vaasa to Turku by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. June in Turku sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

5
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.
You've now added Nuuksio National Park to your itinerary. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, get your game on at Labyrinth Games Room Escape, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip planning app.

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. You've now added Repovesi National Park to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Woikosken Automuseo (in Mantyharju) and Kotka (Sibelius Park, Sapokka Water Garden, &more). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum, browse the exhibits of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, and find something for the whole family at Tykkimaki Amusement Park.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kouvola trip tool.

Take a train from Helsinki to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Kouvola sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kotka, Woikosken Automuseo
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

1
night
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): examine the collection at Mannerheim`s Saloon Car, enjoy breathtaking views from Naisvuori Observation Tower, get engrossed in the history at Communications Centre Lokki, then see the interesting displays at Headquarters Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Cathedral. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Mannerheim Statue, examine the collection at Infantry Museum, don't miss a visit to Kenkavero, then get in on the family fun at Visulahti, and finally stop by Mikkeli Market Place.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mikkeli online travel planner.

You can take a train from Kouvola to Mikkeli in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Museums Theme Parks Shopping
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Headquarters Museum ©
Headquarters Museum
Communications Centre Lokki
Communications Centre Lokki
Naisvuori Observation Tower ©
Naisvuori Observation Tower

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joensuu Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, then make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, and finally hunt for treasures at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, then trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, then trek along Akka-Koli Hill, and finally explore the activities along Pielinen.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Mikkeli to Koli National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Joensuu, Koli Nature Centre Ukko
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

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