8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  19​h 15​min
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 25th (Thu), stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tampere road trip planning website .

San Francisco, USA to Tampere is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tampere due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in October: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 45°F and lows are around 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Turku.

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Suolijarvi Beach ©
Suolijarvi Beach
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Turku online itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Turku sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pori.

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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum ©
Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum

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Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), then see the interesting displays at Villa Mairea, then make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum, and finally kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pori trip maker site .

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Pori

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Villa Mairea
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum

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Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. On the 29th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mustasaari trip planner .

You can drive from Pori to Mustasaari in 3 hours. October in Mustasaari sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, then brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, then take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mustasaari to Helsinki. In October, daytime highs in Helsinki are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

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Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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