11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Fargo
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Fargo

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo (Porvoo Old Town & Cathedral of Porvoo). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki holiday site .

Fargo, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Fargo to Helsinki. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Fargo in August; daily highs in Helsinki reach 69°F and lows reach 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 6th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip planning app .

Getting from Helsinki to Savonlinna by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

1
day
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mariehamn vacation planning tool .

You can fly from Savonlinna to Mariehamn in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Kastelholm Castle
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

1
night
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 8th (Thu): deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Turku travel route planner.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

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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 9th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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