11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mariehamn
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Tampere
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kansallisgalleria. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo, approximately Porvoo away. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki online holiday builder.

Venice, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Venice in August; daily highs in Helsinki reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:

Mariehamn

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle and then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum. On your second day here, examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, and then get outside with Karingsunds Viltsafari.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Mariehamn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. In August in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Naantali Old Town and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, get advice or help at Turku City Library, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Turku travel planning site.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 26:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hatanpaa Arboretum and Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, look for gifts at Hameenkatu, enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, and examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."

Aland Island travel guide

3.8
Specialty Museums · Military Museums · Landmarks
There are many things that distinguish the autonomous Aland Islands from the rest of Finland, including the fact that they have their own parliament, issue their own stamps, and speak Swedish as the official language. The archipelago, situated in the Gulf of Bothnia, includes over 6,000 islands, of which about 80 are inhabited. Many of the area's dining and accommodation options can be found on the picturesque main island, where 90 percent of the population resides. Natural beauty and an assortment of historical buildings make the islands an attractive holiday option. With a very flat landscape, cycling is one of the most popular, efficient, and enjoyable ways to get around. Regular ferries hop between the isles.