11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  18​h
1
Hamina
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Oulu
— 1 day
Fly + train:  4​h 15​min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Pori
— 1 night
6
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Dallas

1
day
Hamina

Hamina ©
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. On the 2nd (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, admire the striking features of Hamina Town Hall, then brush up on your military savvy at Bunker Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at St. John's Church.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamina travel itinerary planner.

Dallas, USA to Hamina is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Dallas to Hamina due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dallas in May; daily highs in Hamina reach 60°F and lows reach 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Hamina

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kotka, Bunker Museum
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Bunker Museum ©
Bunker Museum
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and finally look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip planner .

Drive from Hamina to Savonlinna in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

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

1
day
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, get a taste of the local shopping with Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then explore the world behind art at Oulun Taidemuseo, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Oulu trip builder tool .

You can fly from Savonlinna to Oulu in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Savonlinna in May, you will find days in Oulu are a bit cooler (54°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Oulu

Beaches Outdoors Museums
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Oulun Taidemuseo ©
Oulun Taidemuseo
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo

2
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 5th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Suomen Pelimuseo, view the masterpieces at Laukko Manor, view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then stop by Tammelantori, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko.

Before you visit Tampere, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Oulu to Tampere takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Tampere sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Laukko Manor, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Mediamuseo Rupriikki ©
Mediamuseo Rupriikki

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night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), get engrossed in the history at Rosenlew Museum, see the interesting displays at Villa Mairea, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at Pori Art Museum.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Pori trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Villa Mairea
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea
Rosenlew Museum ©
Rosenlew Museum

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 (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Pori to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum ©
Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hakaniemi Market and Okra. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Helsinki online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church