12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Dubai

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Pack the 20th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, make a trip to The Esplanadi Park, and wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Helsinki route maker tool .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in August, with highs in Helsinki at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Imatra.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Hietaranta Beach ©
Hietaranta Beach

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 22nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Lammassaari Island, then pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, then admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, and finally get engrossed in the history at Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum.

For photos and other tourist information, read Imatra trip planner.

Take a train from Helsinki to Imatra in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Imatra are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Imatra

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails

Side Trip

Joutsenon kirkko
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko

1
night
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 23rd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vanha Kirkko, stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Suolijarvi Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tampere online trip planner .

Drive from Imatra to Tampere in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Vanha Kirkko ©
Vanha Kirkko

2
nights
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 24th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Kurjenrahka National Park, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden, enjoy some diversion at Moomin World, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Turku journey planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Turku sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trips

Naantali, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 26th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Pori trip maker .

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Pori

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum
Kauppakeskus Puuvilla ©
Kauppakeskus Puuvilla

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mustasaari trip planner.

Getting from Pori to Mustasaari by car takes about 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Mustasaari are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

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