12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Columbia
Drive + Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h
End: Columbia

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, find something for the whole family at Linnanmaki Amusement Park, and admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki online trip itinerary planner .

Columbia, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Columbia to Helsinki. Traveling from Columbia in August, expect Helsinki to be colder, temps between 69°F and 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). There's much more to do: look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip planning tool .

Take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Visavuori, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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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 4th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally get your game on at Moomin World. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, hike along The Archipelago Trail, and then hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daytime highs in Turku are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. On the 6th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Old Rauma, Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma