12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Inari
— 1 night
Drive
3
Ranua
— 1 night
Fly
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
5
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Mariehamn
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly
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Turku
— 1 night
Drive
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Rauma
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Florence

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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Mannerheim Museum. Get some cultural insight at Kansallisgalleria and The National Museum of Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo (Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, Porvoo Old Town, &more). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, visit Katajanokka, walk around Kaivopuisto, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kallio Church.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Helsinki journey planner.

Florence, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Florence in August, things will get little chillier in Helsinki: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 18th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Visit Inari Safaris & Accommodation, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

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Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Inari takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in August, with highs in Inari at 19°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Ranua.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 18:

Ranua

— 1 night
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo.

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You can drive from Inari to Ranua in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Ranua

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 19:
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Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko, examine the collection at S/S Salama, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, and finally appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip planner.

Getting from Ranua to Savonlinna by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 20:

Lappeenranta

— 1 night

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 21st (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Ristikankaan kappeli, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, make a trip to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, then see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta day trip planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. In August in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 21:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 1 night
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 22nd (Sat), take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, take an in-depth tour of The Cultural History Museum of Aland, examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then try your luck at PAF Casino, and finally see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mariehamn trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Lappeenranta to Mariehamn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 22:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 23rd (Sun), buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Rauma.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 23:

Rauma

— 1 night
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki, visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, contemplate the long history of The Ruins of the Church of the Holy Trinity, then explore the world behind art at Rauma Art Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rauma online itinerary builder.

Getting from Turku to Rauma by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Rauma sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Rauma

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 24:

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 25th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, explore the historical opulence of Stone Castle of Pirunvuori, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally see the interesting displays at Suomen Pelimuseo. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, look for all kinds of wild species at Rapola Ridge, steep yourself in history at Palkaneen Kirkko, then identify plant and animal life at Pohtiolampi, and finally see the interesting displays at Spy Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere journey tool.

You can drive from Rauma to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:

Finland travel guide

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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."