12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Espoo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly

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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 14th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, then examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, and finally see the interesting displays at Tampere City Library, Metso. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at National Police Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), then pause for some serene contemplation at Palkaneen Kirkko, and finally take an in-depth tour of Visavuori.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere route maker site.

Paris, France to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, train, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paris to Tampere due to the time zone difference. In August, Tampere is slightly colder than Paris - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Castle and Old Rauma. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turku Cathedral and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Nagu Church (in Nagu) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Turku road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Espoo.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:

Espoo

— 2 nights
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): have fun and explore at Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka and then explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Laajalahti Nature Reserve, explore the world behind art at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, then admire the striking features of Hvittrask, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Church.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Espoo online travel planner.

You can drive from Turku to Espoo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Espoo can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
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 pause for some serene contemplation at Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Espoo to Savonlinna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 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

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 21:

Helsinki

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Appreciate the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Mannerheim Museum. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Cathedral of Porvoo in Porvoo, approximately Porvoo away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 24:

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."