11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Kingston
Fly + Drive:  18​h
1
Porvoo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Kingston

1
night
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Porvoo Museum/Holm House and then examine the collection at Porvoo Doll and Toy Museum. On the next day, make a trip to Söderskärin majakka, revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town, then contemplate the long history of The Runeberg Home, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Porvoo, and finally look for gifts at Pieni Suklaatehdas.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Porvoo driving holiday app .

Kingston, Canada to Porvoo is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Kingston to Porvoo. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kingston in September, with highs in Porvoo at 18°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Porvoo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Porvoo Doll and Toy Museum ©
Porvoo Doll and Toy Museum
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum, get your game on at Flowpark, then explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ristikankaan kappeli.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Porvoo to Lappeenranta takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature Parks Fun & Games
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Flowpark ©
Flowpark

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 1st (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Tampere online trip builder .

Getting from Lappeenranta to Tampere by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally stroll around Kupittaa Park. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Naantali Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail, and then learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Turku road trip planning app .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. October in Turku sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Naantali Church
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally don't miss a visit to Senate Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, then hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki journey planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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