12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Pyhatunturi
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

3
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.
Pack the 7th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, pause for some photo ops at Sibelius Monument, admire the striking features of Rock Church, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo.

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San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in September; daily highs in Helsinki reach 61°F and lows reach 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get lost in a book at Turku City Library, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally enjoy some diversion at Moomin World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and then head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Turku online visit planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Viikinsaari Island, then stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tampere online road trip planner .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Tampere are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Viikinsaari Island ©
Viikinsaari Island

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mustasaari trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Mustasaari takes 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Mustasaari can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, then pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, then pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, and finally contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna day trip planning site .

Getting from Mustasaari to Savonlinna by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly. September in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Taito Shop Savonlinna ©
Taito Shop Savonlinna
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

1
day
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Pyhatunturi trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Savonlinna to Pyhatunturi with the Route module. In September, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Nature Parks
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1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stop by Your Piece Of Finland, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi travel route builder website .

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Rovaniemi takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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