10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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10 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Bus:  45 min
2
Porvoo
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Oulu
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
6
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Chicago

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.
Get some cultural insight at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Fortress of Suomenlinna. Step off the beaten path and head to Spas & Wellness and Sibelius Monument. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Ullanlinna, admire the masterpieces at Design Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planning tool .

You can fly from Oulu to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

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hours
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
On the 24th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Porvoo, then examine the collection at Porvoo Doll and Toy Museum, and finally look for gifts at Pieni Suklaatehdas.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Porvoo travel planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Porvoo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In August in Porvoo, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Castle Hill ©
Castle Hill
Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Porvoo Doll and Toy Museum ©
Porvoo Doll and Toy Museum

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and finally look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Porvoo to Savonlinna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Oulun Taidemuseo, then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, then examine the collection at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, and finally appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi. On your second day here, examine the collection at Oulun Automuseo, take an in-depth tour of Raahe Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Haukipudas Church, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Oulu trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Oulu takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Haukipudas Church, Raahe Museum
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Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Raahe Museum ©
Raahe Museum

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night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi sightseeing site .

Traveling by train from Oulu to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in August, and nighttime lows around 49°F. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Historic Sites
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Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

1
night
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
On the 29th (Wed), wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in August, you will find days in Helsinki are somewhat warmer (69°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). On the 30th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Ullanlinna ©
Ullanlinna

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