11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

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 outdoors at Nuuksio National Park and Hiidenkirnut. Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, wander the streets of Katajanokka, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Helsinki day trip planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hiidenkirnut, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Turku

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 Teijo National Park and Vepsa Island. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bellevue Beach and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Naantali Old Town and admire the local landmark of Harmonia.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Teijo National Park, Bellevue Beach, Naantali Old Town
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Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

1
night
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 25th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

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Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 26th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Poro Farmi. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in August, you will find days in Rovaniemi are little chillier (20°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Safaris

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