11 days in Helsinki, Turku & Savonlinna Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki, Turku & Savonlinna Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Colombo
Fly:  14 h
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Colombo

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Oodi Central Library as well as Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Helsinki itinerary planner.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Colombo to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In December, Helsinki is much colder than Colombo - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites
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Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) ©
Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali)
Oodi Central Library ©
Oodi Central Library

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes JukuPark Turku is open 1 of September?, Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, Moomin World, and other attractions you added. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, thensee the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Turku online route planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre ©
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Savonlinna Cathedral, Savonlinna Provincial Museum, Olavinlinna Castle, and other attractions. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna day trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Savonlinna by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or fly. In December, Savonlinna is slightly colder than Turku - with highs of -1°C and lows of -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

4
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakaniemi Market, Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa), Market Square Kauppatori, and other attractions you added.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip site.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Savonlinna in December, things will get a bit warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Theme Parks Shopping
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
The National Museum of Finland ©
The National Museum of Finland
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

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