12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

Make it your trip
— 4 nights
Aland Island
— 2 nights
Drive to Mariehamn, Fly to Turku
— 3 nights



— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Cathedral of Porvoo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Johannes Church. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo, about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning website.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Helsinki is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Helsinki is 5 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in July, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between 25°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can fly to Aland Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 16:

Aland Island

— 2 nights
There are many things that distinguish the autonomous Aland Islands from the rest of Finland, including the fact that they have their own parliament, issue their own stamps, and speak Swedish as the official language.
On the 17th (Sun), stroll through Getabergen, then steep yourself in history at Salis Batteri, and then examine the collection at Eckerö Post & tullhus. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and then surround yourself with nature on Karingsunds Viltsafari.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Aland Island road trip app.

You can fly from Helsinki to Aland Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. In July, daytime highs in Aland Island are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Aland Island

Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:


— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Archangel Michael's church and Pargas Church. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Martinkirkko.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip builder website.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Aland Island to Turku takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:

Finland travel guide

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."