12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly + Train:  7​h 30​min
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Espoo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Paris

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, then see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, then examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, and finally examine the collection at Tampere City Library, Metso. On your second day here, examine the collection at National Police Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), then contemplate the long history of Palkaneen Kirkko, and finally go for a walk through Visavuori.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere online trip planner .

Paris, France to Tampere is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paris to Tampere due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Paris in August, with highs in Tampere at 23°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), Visavuori, Palkaneen Kirkko
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The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas ©
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas
Visavuori ©
Visavuori

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Turku Castle and Kylamaki Village of Living History. Turku Cathedral and St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel will appeal to history buffs. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Nagu Church (in Nagu), Old Rauma (in Rauma) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, and delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Turku online visit 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. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Espoo.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Louhisaari Manor, Old Rauma, Nagu Church
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
nights
Espoo

Espoo ©
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. On the 19th (Mon), have fun and explore at Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Laajalahti Nature Reserve, then admire the masterpieces at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, then take an in-depth tour of Hvittrask, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Siuntion Pyhan Pietarin Kirkko.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Espoo itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Turku to Espoo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Espoo are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Espoo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Siuntion Pyhan Pietarin Kirkko, Hvittrask
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art ©
EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art
Siuntion Pyhan Pietarin Kirkko ©
Siuntion Pyhan Pietarin Kirkko

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 21st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Savonlinna trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Espoo to Savonlinna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

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.
Get some historical perspective at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukion Church. Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Mannerheim Museum. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Cathedral of Porvoo in Porvoo, approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cathedral of Porvoo, Finnish Aviation Museum
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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