12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

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. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn online trip itinerary builder .

Newark, USA to Mariehamn is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in August, things will get little chillier in Mariehamn: highs are around 67°F and lows about 53°F. Finish up 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): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally wander the streets of Naantali Old Town. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get lost in a book at Turku City Library, then buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Turku day trip planning app .

Getting from Mariehamn to Turku by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: 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
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 3rd (Tue), perfect your strike at Space Bowling & Billiards, then stroll through Herrainpaivat Beach, and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Pori trip planner .

Getting from Turku to Pori by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, read Tampere online vacation planner .

Getting from Pori to Tampere by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, then pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nuuksio National Park and Katajanokka. Get a sense of the local culture at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Cathedral of Porvoo. Step out of Helsinki to go to Porvoo and see Porvoo Old Town, which is approximately 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner .

Getting from Savonlinna to Helsinki by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 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
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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