12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Hartford
Fly:  18​h 15​min
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
Inari
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
Savonlinna
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h
Vaasa
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Hartford

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria. We've included these beaches for you: Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Hakaniemi Market, look for gifts at Taiga Colors, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary website .

Hartford, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Hartford to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Hartford in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 40°F by day to 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get into the urban bustle at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, then examine the collection at Siida, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari vacation maker tool .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in November, expect Inari to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°F and 16°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Inari

#Shopping, #Tours, #Museums
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The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos
Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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hours
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, then explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, and finally stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip itinerary app .

Getting from Inari to Savonlinna by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. In November, Savonlinna is somewhat warmer than Inari - with highs of 35°F and lows of 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Vaasa.

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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hours
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, then kick back and relax at Hietasaaren uimaranta, then examine the collection at Bragen ulkoilmamuseo, and finally examine the collection at Vaasa Car & Motor Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Vaasa trip builder app .

You can fly from Savonlinna to Vaasa in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. November in Vaasa sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta
Bragen ulkoilmamuseo ©
Bragen ulkoilmamuseo

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nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): stop by Patakirppis, stroll through Yyteri Beach, and then browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Herrainpaivat Beach, get engrossed in the history at The Old Town Hall Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, then look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Pori online trip maker .

You can drive from Vaasa to Pori in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Pori sees daily highs of 40°F and lows of 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Rauma
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

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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 21st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Vepsa Island, admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Turku road trip planning site .

Drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova