12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Helsinki
train + ferry:  8​h 30​min
Mariehamn
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Helsinki

2
days
Mariehamn

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 23rd (Mon), take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, stroll through Kobba Klintar, examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, then contemplate the long history of Salis Batteri, and finally explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern and then try to win big at PAF Casino.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn driving holiday planning app .

Helsinki to Mariehamn is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

#Museums, #Fun & Games, #Casinos

Side Trips

Aland Island, Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum
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Kobba Klintar ©
Kobba Klintar
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

2
days
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On your second day here, hike along The Archipelago Trail, admire the natural beauty at Kultaranta Garden, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Turku travel tool .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. July in Turku sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Kultaranta Garden
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

1
day
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 27th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Wolkoff House Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, then get engrossed in the history at South Karelia Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko.

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You can drive from Turku to Lappeenranta in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In July in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Museums, #Historic Sites
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Lappeenrannan taidemuseo ©
Lappeenrannan taidemuseo
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko
Lappeenrannan kirkko ©
Lappeenrannan kirkko

2
days
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 28th (Sat), explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder, and then get answers to all your questions at Riihisaari. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle and then witness the site of a historic battle at Salpa Line.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna day trip website .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Siikalahti Wetland, Kummakivi Boulder, Salpa Line
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Riihisaari ©
Riihisaari

5
days
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.
Get outdoors at Arboretum Mustila and Aurinkolahti Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Hietaranta Beach and Aurlahti Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Ekenas Archipelago National Park (in Raseborg) and Stromforsin ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Aurlahti Beach, Ekenas Archipelago National Park, Stromforsin ruukki
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Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila