11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Beirut
Fly:  7​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
4
Inari
— 1 day
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Fly:  17​h
End: Beirut


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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas & Wellness and Katajanokka. Museum-lovers will get to explore Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo) and Stromforsin ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip app .

Beirut, Lebanon to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Beirut in November, things will get colder in Helsinki: highs are around 5°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Porvoo Old Town, Stromforsin ruukki
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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 26th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In November in Tampere, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

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 28th (Wed): deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, explore the galleries of Ett Hem Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary site .

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. In November, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum ©
Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
day
Inari

Inari ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, then examine the collection at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Inari tour itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Turku to Inari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Turku in November, things will get a bit cooler in Inari: highs are around -3°C and lows about -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Wildlife Outdoors
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Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Savonlinna trip itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Savonlinna in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Inari in December, with highs in Savonlinna at -1°C and lows at -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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