10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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10 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Ruotsinpyhtaa
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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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.
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Helsinki Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Head to Hakaniemi Market and Artisaanifor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Fortress of Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and take a stroll through Ullanlinna.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 10 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 37°F to lows of 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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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 25th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Louhisaari Manor, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Turku trip planner .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trips

Louhisaari Manor, Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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night
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kimito Island online day trip planner .

Getting from Turku to Kimito Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in December, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kimito Island

#Historic Sites, #Wildlife, #Parks
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 28th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, and finally stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna day trip planner .

Drive from Kimito Island to Savonlinna in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kimito Island in December: high temperatures in Savonlinna hover around 29°F and lows are around 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ruotsinpyhtaa.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

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Ruotsinpyhtaa

Ruotsinpyhtaa ©
Ruotsinpyhtää is a former municipality of Finland. On the 29th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila and then wander the streets of Stromforsin ruukki. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, then stop by Poikilo - Museums, then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ruotsinpyhtaa tour itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Ruotsinpyhtaa in 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Ruotsinpyhtaa are 30°F, while nighttime lows are 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ruotsinpyhtaa

#Historic Sites, #Wildlife, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Poikilo - Museums, Linden Esplanade, Arboretum Mustila, Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry

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