12 days in Finland & Central Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland & Central Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Jyvaskyla
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive

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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.
Bring the kids along to Temppeliaukio Church and Helsinki Cathedral. Pack the 31st (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori, and admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool.

Tallinn, Estonia to Helsinki is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:

Jyvaskyla

— 2 nights
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): see the interesting displays at Toivolan Vanha Piha, brush up on your military savvy at Finnish Air Force Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Central Finland, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Craft Museum of Finland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Tourujoen Luontopolku, then go for a stroll along the water at Jyvaskylan Harbour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Church of Keuruu, and finally look for gifts at Vitikkala Manor.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Jyvaskyla trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Jyvaskyla in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nightlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Stone Castle of Pirunvuori, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Jyvaskyla to Tampere takes 2.5 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 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Turku Castle and Vaski Adventure Island. Step out of Turku to go to Askainen and see Louhisaari Manor, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Joella, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Turku sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:

Finland travel guide

4.2
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."

Central Finland travel guide

3.9
Specialty Museums · History Museums · Military Museums
Central Finland is a region in Finland. It borders the regions of Päijät-Häme, Pirkanmaa, Southern Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia, Northern Ostrobothnia, Pohjois-Savo, and Etelä-Savo.Jyväskylä is the regional centre and by far the largest city in the area.Historical provincesFor history, geography and culture see: Tavastia, Savonia, Ostrobothnia

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