12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Newark
Fly:  19 h 30 min
1
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 day
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Newark

1
day
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, thenbrush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Mariehamn using our trip planner.

Newark, USA to Mariehamn is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Mariehamn is 7 hours. Traveling from Newark in August, things will get a bit cooler in Mariehamn: highs are around 67°F and lows about 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums

Side Trip

Kastelholm Castle
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, thentake a spin around town with Bike Rental - by Carfield, thenexplore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally wander the streets of Naantali Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): browse the collection at Turku City Library, thenbrowse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, thensee the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Turku online trip builder.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): perfect your strike at Space Bowling & Billiards, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Pori trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach
Space Bowling & Billiards ©
Space Bowling & Billiards

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 4th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, thenexamine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, thentake in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tampere driving holiday planner.

Getting from Pori to Tampere by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, thenappreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, thenstep into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna trip maker website.

You can drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

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.
Get some cultural insight at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Step off the beaten path and head to Nuuksio National Park and Katajanokka. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki online vacation planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Helsinki by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Helsinki are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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