11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
3
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Mikkeli
— 1 night
5
Porvoo
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
6
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Detroit

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Rock Church. You'll explore and learn at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and National Museum of Finland. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and take in the exciting artwork at ARTag Gallery.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip maker app .

Detroit, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Detroit in May, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between 60°F and 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planner.

You can take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May in Tampere, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites Museums
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Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

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Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): examine the collection at Arctic Museum Nanoq, then contemplate the long history of Stromso, then examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Terranova.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Vaasa tour planner.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Arctic Museum Nanoq
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Arctic Museum Nanoq ©
Arctic Museum Nanoq

1
night
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): examine the collection at Headquarters Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Cathedral, examine the collection at Infantry Museum, then examine the collection at Mannerheim`s Saloon Car, and finally learn about all things military at Communications Centre Lokki.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mikkeli trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Vaasa to Mikkeli in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Museums Historic Sites
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Headquarters Museum ©
Headquarters Museum
Infantry Museum ©
Infantry Museum
Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral

1
night
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate the long history of The Runeberg Home, get some fabulous bargains at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, see the interesting displays at Porvoo Museum/Holm House, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Porvoo, and finally don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Runeberg Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Loviisan kirkko, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, and finally contemplate the long history of Castle Hill.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Porvoo sightseeing website .

Getting from Mikkeli to Porvoo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May in Porvoo, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Loviisan kirkko, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
The Runeberg Home ©
The Runeberg Home

1
night
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Helsinki online journey planner .

You can drive from Porvoo to Helsinki in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Museums
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Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market
Design Museum ©
Design Museum

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