13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Savonlinna
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
Lahti
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 45​min
Washington DC

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.
Head to Old Market Hall and Boss Shopfor some retail therapy. Pack the 29th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, enjoy some friendly competition at Flamingo Entertainment Centre, look for gifts at Marimekko, and browse the different shops at Kamppi Shopping Centre.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki online holiday planner .

Washington DC, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in August, things will get slightly colder in Helsinki: highs are around 69°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Theme Parks

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Flamingo Entertainment Centre
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Old Market Hall ©
Old Market Hall
Marimekko ©
Marimekko

2
days
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 1st (Sat): get lost in a book at Turku City Library, explore the galleries of Turku Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum. On the next day, have fun at Moomin World, buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Turku vacation planner .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

#Shopping, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kauppakeskus Mylly, Moomin World
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Kauppakeskus Mylly ©
Kauppakeskus Mylly
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
days
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 3rd (Mon), stroll through Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Alko, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vanha Kirkko, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Suolijarvi Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tampere travel route builder .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Childrens Museums, #Museums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Suolijarvi Beach ©
Suolijarvi Beach

1
day
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mustasaari trip maker .

Getting from Tampere to Mustasaari by car takes about 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Mustasaari can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Nature, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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few
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 6th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, and finally appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mustasaari to Savonlinna in 7 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lahti.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

0
days
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lahti day trip tool .

Drive from Savonlinna to Lahti in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daily temperatures in Lahti can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lahti

#Shopping
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Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall

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