12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
2
Turku
— 2 nights
3
Rauma
— 1 night
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
5
Imatra
— 1 night
6
Savonlinna
— 1 night
7
Ranua
— 1 night

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Get some historical perspective at Temppeliaukio Church and Cathedral of Porvoo. Change things up with a short trip to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo (about 50 minutes away). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, stop by Kankurin Tupa, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Peace - Rauhanpatsas, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Helsinki sightseeing planner.

Lyon, France to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Lyon in August, things will get slightly colder in Helsinki: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, thenbuy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, thenget engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, thenlearn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. August in Turku sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Archangel Michael's church ©
Archangel Michael's church

1
night
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, thenenjoy the sea views from Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rauma road trip planning tool.

Drive from Turku to Rauma in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Rauma

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

2
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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 10th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tampere holiday planner.

Drive from Rauma to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower

1
night
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, thenstep off the mainland to explore Malonsaari, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rautjarven kirkko.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Imatra trip planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Imatra in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rautjarven kirkko
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Rautjarven kirkko ©
Rautjarven kirkko
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari

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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 13th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, thenstep into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna trip builder.

Drive from Imatra to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ranua.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

1
night
Ranua

Ranua ©
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. On the 14th (Fri), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ranua road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Ranua takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ranua

Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife Parks
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo

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