18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Geneva
Fly:  6​h
Helsinki
— 7 nights
train:  1​h
Lahti
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Rantasalmi
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Mustasaari
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Turku
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  7​h
Geneva

7
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 Marimekko and Flamingo Entertainment Centrefor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Ullanlinna. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. Pack the 4th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: stroll through Aurinkolahti Beach, kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, meet the residents at Korkeasaari Zoo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

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Geneva, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Geneva to Helsinki. Traveling from Geneva in August, you will find days in Helsinki are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Lahti.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Espoo, Flamingo Entertainment Centre
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
day
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center, then admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain, and then get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall.

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Traveling by train from Helsinki to Lahti takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Lahti, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rantasalmi.

Things to do in Lahti

#Winter Sports, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center
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Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall

2
days
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. On the 10th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

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Drive from Lahti to Rantasalmi in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Rantasalmi can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Rantasalmi

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Savonlinna
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

few
hours
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. On the 12th (Sun), head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

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Traveling by car from Rantasalmi to Mustasaari takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. August in Mustasaari sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Pori.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

1
day
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, explore the world behind art at Pori Art Museum, and then stroll through Yyteri Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Pori trip site .

Drive from Mustasaari to Pori in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Kauppakeskus Puuvilla ©
Kauppakeskus Puuvilla

3
days
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Kurjenrahka National Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy some diversion at Moomin World, stroll through The Archipelago Trail, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naantali Church, and browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

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Traveling by car from Pori to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naantali, Kurjenrahka National Park, Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Vanha Kirkko, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Suolijarvi Beach. Keep things going the next day: look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

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You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Childrens Museums, #Theme Parks
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Suolijarvi Beach ©
Suolijarvi Beach
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

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