11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Fly
1
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly to Turun lentoasema, Bus to Tampere
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
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Inari
— 1 night
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly

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Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Castle and The Church of the Holy Cross. Explore hidden gems such as Turku Cathedral and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Rauma (Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island & Old Rauma). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku planning website.

Valletta, Malta to Turku is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Valletta to Turku. In August, Turku is colder than Valletta - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 1 night
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): stroll around Lilla holmen, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, and finally examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mariehamn route planner.

Getting from Turku to Mariehamn by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 11:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Mariehamn to Tampere takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, then steep yourself in history at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

Plan trip to Savonlinna with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Tampere to Savonlinna by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to fly to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 13:

Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, hike along Juutua Nature Trail, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Inari planning site.

Fly from Savonlinna to Inari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Savonlinna in August: high temperatures in Inari hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Trails · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 14:

Helsinki

— 4 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Cathedral of Porvoo. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Porvoo (Castle Hill, Porvoo Old Town, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Inari in August: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 18:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."