11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  18​h 15​min
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 15​min
Aland Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Toronto


Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get in touch with nature at Kurjenrahka National Park and The Archipelago Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Turku Castle and Utö. Change things up with a short trip to Louhisaari Manor in Askainen (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and see the interesting displays at Biological Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku itinerary builder.

Toronto, Canada to Turku is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Toronto to Turku due to the time zone difference. In October, Turku is slightly colder than Toronto - with highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Aland Island.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Louhisaari Manor, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

Aland Island

Aland Island ©
There are many things that distinguish the autonomous Aland Islands from the rest of Finland, including the fact that they have their own parliament, issue their own stamps, and speak Swedish as the official language.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Bomarsund. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, then stroll through Kobba Klintar, and then contemplate the long history of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Aland Island travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Aland Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in October, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Aland Island

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Kobba Klintar ©
Kobba Klintar
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern


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.
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Fortress of Suomenlinna will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (Nykytaiteen Museo) and National Museum of Finland. Pack the 9th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Helsinki Zoo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Helsinki vacation planner.

You can fly from Aland Island to Helsinki in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In October, daytime highs in Helsinki are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©

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