13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Rantasalmi
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: San Jose

3
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.
Pack the 1st (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 the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and make a trip to Senate Square.

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San Jose, Costa Rica to Helsinki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 8 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Jose in June, with highs in Helsinki at 21°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites
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Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Hietaranta Beach ©
Hietaranta Beach

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 4th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurjenrahka National Park, then have fun at Moomin World, and then stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Turku holiday planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Moomin World, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 6th (Mon), look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vanha Kirkko, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then stroll through Suolijarvi Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip tool .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July in Tampere, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Childrens Museums, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Vanha Kirkko ©
Vanha Kirkko

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mustasaari trip builder site .

Getting from Tampere to Mustasaari by car takes about 4 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Mustasaari can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Rantasalmi.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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hours
Rantasalmi

Rantasalmi ©
Rantasalmi is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rantasalmi attractions planning app .

Drive from Mustasaari to Rantasalmi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Rantasalmi

#Parks, #Nature
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, make a trip to Lordi's Square, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi travel itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Rantasalmi to Rovaniemi with the Route module. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 11th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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