8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  15​h 15​min
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Tampere
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Charlotte

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally see the interesting displays at Design Museum. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki route builder site .

Charlotte, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Charlotte to Helsinki. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Charlotte in December: highs in Helsinki hover around 37°F, while lows dip to 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 28th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, explore the galleries of Turku Castle, then examine the collection at Ett Hem Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island and then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum.

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You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 34°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere road trip site .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 31°F, while nighttime lows are 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

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