13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  17​h 45​min
Rauma
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Mikkeli
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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night
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): head outdoors with Kuuskajaskari and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach.

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San Francisco, USA to Rauma is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Rauma due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Francisco in June, with highs in Rauma at 63°F and lows at 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

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

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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 12th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Kurjenrahka National Park, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

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Drive from Rauma to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Turku, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park

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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 14th (Fri), look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

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Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Childrens Museums, #Theme Parks
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

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Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 15th (Sat), stroll through Nyrolan luontopolku, take in the pleasant sights at Tourujoen luontopolku, then take in the exciting artwork at Kuokkalan kartano, and finally examine the collection at The Craft Museum of Finland.

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You can take a train from Tampere to Jyvaskyla in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Jyvaskyla sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

#Parks, #Trails, #Museums
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Nyrolan luontopolku ©
Nyrolan luontopolku
Kuokkalan kartano ©
Kuokkalan kartano
The Craft Museum of Finland ©
The Craft Museum of Finland

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Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 16th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church, then relax in the rural setting at Hauhalan Hanhifarmi, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Neitvuori. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Communications Centre Lokki, get outside with Anjan Puisto, and then explore the striking landscape at The Astuvansalmi rock paintings.

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You can drive from Jyvaskyla to Mikkeli in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In June in Mikkeli, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mikkeli

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Astuvansalmi rock paintings
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Hauhalan Hanhifarmi ©
Hauhalan Hanhifarmi
Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral
Mikkeli Rural Parish Church ©
Mikkeli Rural Parish Church

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Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, then step off the mainland to explore Malonsaari, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall and then see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum.

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Drive from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Imatra, Salpa Line Museum
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
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Malonsaari

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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.
On the 20th (Thu), learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the striking features of Rock Church, then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

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You can take a train from Lappeenranta to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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