12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary planner

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Fly
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Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly to Turku, Bus to Pori
3
Pori
— 1 night
Drive
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Savonlinna
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Rauma and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, browse the exhibits of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and wander the streets of Naantali Old Town.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary builder.

Toronto, Canada to Turku is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Turku, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Toronto in July; daily highs in Turku reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 1 night
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 2nd (Fri), examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 22°C, while at night they dip 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 Trip

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 2:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 3rd (Sat), view the masterpieces 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.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pori trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Mariehamn to Pori in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August in Pori, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 3:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip planner.

Drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 5:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 6th (Tue), get a taste of the local shopping with Savonlinna Market Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at 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 find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna road trip site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 6:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The National Museum of Finland. Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Mannerheim Museum. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Cathedral of Porvoo in Porvoo--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip builder app.

Getting from Savonlinna to Helsinki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."