12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
3
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly
4
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Pori
— 1 night
Drive
6
Tampere
— 1 night
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nuuksio National Park and Mannerheim Museum. Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Katajanokka, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planning tool.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Ljubljana to Helsinki is 1 hour. Traveling from Ljubljana in September, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 22nd (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, steep yourself in history at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli, then pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Savonlinna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. September in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 22:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka holiday planning app.

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Saariselka takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, Saariselka is a bit cooler than Savonlinna - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Saariselka

Museums · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Naantali Old Town and Old Rauma. Popular historic sites such as Turku Cathedral and St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Turku to Pernio to see Teijo National Park about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, have fun at Adventure Park, and browse the collection at Turku City Library.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Turku road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Turku takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saariselka in September, expect nights in Turku to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 28th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Pori trip builder website.

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tampere attractions tool.

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."