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
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Rauma
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Toronto

1
night
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 28th (Tue): gain insight at Turku Cathedral, then do sightseeing your way with Ett Hem Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally take a stroll through Naantali Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Turku holiday builder app .

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. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Toronto in July; daily highs in Turku reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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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 30th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then contemplate the long history of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and finally take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mariehamn travel site .

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In July in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Rauma.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
night
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, enjoy the sea views from Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, then stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rauma trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mariehamn to Rauma in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July in Rauma, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Rauma

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Do your shopping at Laukko Manor and Galleria Ronga. Let the collections at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Visavuori capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, and examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tampere visit planner.

You can drive from Rauma to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. July in Tampere sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Laukko Manor, Visavuori
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Laukko Manor ©
Laukko Manor

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 4th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna holiday builder app .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
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.
Appreciate the collections at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Mannerheim Museum. Get some cultural insight at Rock Church and Helsinki Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), stroll through The Esplanadi Park, and hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary builder site .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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