16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Rauma
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Porvoo
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: San Francisco

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nuuksio National Park and Korkeasaari Zoo. We've included these beaches for you: Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, look for gifts at Marimekko, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and hunt for treasures at Old Market Hall.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Helsinki holiday maker site .

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Helsinki, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Flamingo Entertainment Centre, Nuuksio National Park
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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 29th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town, stroll through The Archipelago Trail, take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally explore the galleries of Ett Hem Museum. Keep things going the next day: gain insight at Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, contemplate the long history of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then get engrossed in the history at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally explore the striking landscape of Kurjenrahka National Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rauma.

Things to do in Turku

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park

2
nights
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, examine the collection at Marela Museum House, brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, then stop by Patakirppis, then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, and finally kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, stop by Porin Kauppahalli, take an in-depth tour of Rosenlew Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), then view the masterpieces at Pori Art Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Automobile Museum.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rauma online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Turku to Rauma in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Rauma

#Museums, #Shopping, #Beaches

Side Trips

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

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 2nd (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Suolijarvi Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tampere attractions app .

Traveling by car from Rauma to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September in Tampere, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Punkaharju Ridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, then pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Riihisaari. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Parikkalan kirkko.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Kerimaki, Punkaharju, Parikkala
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

2
nights
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, then get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and finally make a trip to Porvoo Old Town. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Porvoo, take a stroll through Stromforsin ruukki, get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall, then admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain, then examine the collection at Lahti Ski Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Motorcycle Museum of Finland.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Porvoo travel planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Porvoo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. September in Porvoo sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Porvoo

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

Lahti, Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Stromforsin ruukki
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Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki