12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cluj-Napoca
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  6 h
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  9 h
End: Cluj-Napoca

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.
You've added Sibelius Monument, Design Museum, Hietaniemi Cemetery, and other attractions to your itinerary. Pack the 5th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For photos and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning website.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Cluj-Napoca in September, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Cultural History Museum of Aland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Bomarsund, have fun and explore at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mariehamn trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Mariehamn by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Bomarsund
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Bomarsund ©
Bomarsund

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 Waino Aaltonen Museum of Art, Old Rauma and Martinkirkko. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, explore the galleries of Turku Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Martinkirkko, and finally steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Waino Aaltonen Museum of Art, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Turku trip builder.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Old Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Imatra Waterfall. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna journey builder site.

Drive from Turku to Savonlinna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In September, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Imatra Waterfall
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Snowman World Igloo Hotel as well as Christmas House Santa. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): make a trip to Santa Claus Village, have fun at Santa Claus Office, then examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, and finally find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then have some family-friendly fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Savonlinna to Rovaniemi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Fun & Games
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus

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