9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly:  16​h
Hanko
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  4​h
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
San Francisco

1
day
Hanko

Hanko
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. On the 12th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tulliniemi Nature Path and then kick back and relax at Bellevue Beach.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanko road trip app .

San Francisco, USA to Hanko is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect Hanko to be a bit cooler, temps between 68°F and 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Hanko

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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2
days
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum and then see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then stroll through Kobba Klintar, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

Before you visit Mariehamn, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Explore your travel options from Hanko to Mariehamn with the Route module. August in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Mariehamn

#Museums, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, Kastelholm Castle
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kobba Klintar ©
Kobba Klintar

1
day
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 15th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then look for gifts at Tammelantori.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tampere online trip builder .

Do a combination of flight and train from Mariehamn to Tampere in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and car. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Theme Parks
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Hakaniemi Market. Shop till you drop at Market Square Kauppatori and Marimekko. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Fortress of Suomenlinna, get your game on at Labyrinth Games Room Escape, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip tool .

You can take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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