11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Zurich

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Aurinkolahti Beach and Korkeasaari Zoo. Rock Church and The Esplanadi Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Pack the 8th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Helsinki driving holiday planning app .

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Helsinki is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Zurich in October, with highs in Helsinki at 10°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites
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Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna

2
nights
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 10th (Wed): stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and then enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then gain insight at Turku Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. October in Turku sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the striking features of Palace of Junnelius, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), then don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach.

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Drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Pori are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Pori

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mustasaari trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pori to Mustasaari takes 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Mustasaari are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): head off the coast to Viikinsaari Island and then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Mustasaari to Tampere in 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Tampere are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Museums, #Theme Parks
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Viikinsaari Island ©
Viikinsaari Island

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