12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16​h
1
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
3
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Toronto

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore hidden gems such as Naantali Old Town and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Get some cultural insight at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Step out of Turku with an excursion to Old Rauma in Rauma--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Turku trip builder tool .

Toronto, Canada to Turku is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Turku, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in July, expect Turku to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 2nd (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, then contemplate the long history of The Maritime Quarter, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mariehamn trip planning app .

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Pori.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, Kastelholm Castle
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 3rd (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Pori Art Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), and finally see the interesting displays at Villa Mairea.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Pori trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Mariehamn to Pori takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Villa Mairea
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea

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 (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere road trip planning tool .

Drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
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 (Tue): browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna online trip builder .

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 August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

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

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.
Mannerheim Museum and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna will appeal to history buffs. Kansallisgalleria and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Cathedral of Porvoo in Porvoo--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip planning tool .

Getting from Savonlinna to Helsinki by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

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