12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sioux City
Fly:  20 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Turku
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Tampere
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  23 h
End: Sioux City

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Room Escape Games. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, appreciate the history behind Sibelius Monument, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki route maker tool .

Sioux City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sioux City to Helsinki is 8 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sioux City in September, with highs in Helsinki at 61°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, make a trip to Riihisaari, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip planner .

You can drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

1
day
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 19th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Turku in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 20th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere online attractions planner .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. September in Tampere sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Auttikongas and SantaPark. Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Ylitornio to see Tatuka Palvelut about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, and make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi visit planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tampere in September: highs in Rovaniemi hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tatuka Reindeerfarm
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

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