16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
Porvoo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
Rauma
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
San Francisco

4
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.
Visiting Pihlajasaari Recreational Park and King's Road will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Boss Shop and Marimekko. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, get in on the family fun at Linnanmaki Amusement Park, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki attractions planning app .

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. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Helsinki, with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Theme Parks, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

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King's Road
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
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Helsinki Cathedral

1
day
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
On the 26th (Sun), steep yourself in history at The Runeberg Home, get some fabulous bargains at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, step off the mainland to explore Kaunissaari, then admire the striking features of Cathedral of Porvoo, then examine the collection at Porvoo Museum/Holm House, and finally hit the slopes at Kokonniemi.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Porvoo attractions planning tool .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Porvoo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Porvoo

#Parks, #Winter Sports, #Outdoors

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Kaunissaari
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Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town

2
days
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 27th (Mon), trek along Lammassaari Island, find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Parikkala Sculpture Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Punkaharjun Kesamaa, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Punkaharju Ridge, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

For where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Porvoo to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Theme Parks, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

Punkaharju, Imatra, New Valamo Monastery, The Parikkala Sculpture Park, Kerimaki Church
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Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island

1
day
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rauma vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Rauma takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Rauma, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross
The Old Town Hall Museum ©
The Old Town Hall Museum

3
days
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step out of the city life by going to Kurjenrahka National Park and The Archipelago Trail. Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Parainen (Lenholm Conservation Area & ArtBank). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Turku online travel route planner .

You can drive from Rauma to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parainen, Naantali, Kurjenrahka National Park, Kuusisto Manor
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
days
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): stop by Boss Shop, browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Market Hall, browse the exhibits of Fortress of Suomenlinna, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Korkeasaari Zoo, then stroll through Hietaranta Beach, and finally look for gifts at Marimekko. On your second day here, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), look for gifts at Marimekko, browse the different shops at Flamingo Entertainment Centre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, then make a splash at The Swimming Stadium, and finally browse the different shops at Kamppi Shopping Centre.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki day trip website .

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Shopping, #Parks, #Outdoors

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Flamingo Entertainment Centre
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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