11 days in Helsinki & Central Finland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Central Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki & Central Finland Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  16 h 45 min
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
— 4 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Dallas


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.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Porvoo, and finally make a trip to Porvoo Old Town.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip builder website .

Dallas, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Dallas to Helsinki, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Dallas in September: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 61°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Saarijarvi.

Things to do in Helsinki

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral


Saarijarvi ©
Saarijärvi is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 17th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet and then enjoy some friendly competition at Liikelataamo. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Hakki National Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Saarijarvi trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Helsinki to Saarijarvi in 4 hours. September in Saarijarvi sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Saarijarvi

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet
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Pyha-Hakki National Park ©
Pyha-Hakki National Park
Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet ©
Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet
Liikelataamo ©


Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Petajavesi Old Church and Serlachius Museum Gustaf. Church of Keuruu and Pirtin perinnepuisto will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Jyvaskyla: Serlachius Museum Gosta (in Mantta-Vilppula), Oravivuori Triangulation Tower (in Korpilahti) and Mikkeli (Mikkelin Taidemuseo, Mikkeli Cathedral, & more). And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Finnish Air Force Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, go for a stroll along the water at Jyvaskylan satama, and see the interesting displays at The Craft Museum of Finland.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Jyvaskyla trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Saarijarvi to Jyvaskyla in an hour. September in Jyvaskyla sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Mikkeli, Mantta-Vilppula, Petajavesi Old Church, Muurame Church (Muuramen kirkko), Church of Keuruu
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Finnish Air Force Museum ©
Finnish Air Force Museum
Church of Keuruu ©
Church of Keuruu
Muurame Church (Muuramen kirkko) ©
Muurame Church (Muuramen kirkko)