13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Charlotte
Fly:  15​h 15​min
Helsinki
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Rauma
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
Charlotte

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Porvoo Old Town. Pack the 12th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, make a trip to Hakaniemi Market, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, and get interesting insight from Tours.

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Charlotte, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Charlotte in July: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 71°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

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

2
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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, then take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): stroll through Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

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Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Museums, #Theme Parks
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

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 the 17th (Tue), browse the collection at Turku City Library, examine the collection at Ett Hem Museum, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): have fun at Moomin World, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and then trek along The Archipelago Trail.

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Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rauma.

Things to do in Turku

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors

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Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

2
days
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Kuuskajaskari, pause for some serene contemplation at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), and then stroll through Kirjurinluoto.

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Traveling by car from Turku to Rauma takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Rauma are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rauma

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Pori
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Kirjurinluoto ©
Kirjurinluoto

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