12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
3
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
4
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Tampere
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  7​h
End: Ljubljana

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nuuksio National Park and Cathedral of Porvoo. Temppeliaukion Church and Helsinki Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo, approximately 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), wander the streets of Katajanokka, and brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Helsinki driving holiday planner .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ljubljana to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ljubljana in September, things will get little chillier in Helsinki: highs are around 19°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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 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 take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna road trip planner .

You can drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Saariselka.

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
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum and then stroll through Urho Kekkonen National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, 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 traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Saariselka tour itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Savonlinna to Saariselka in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Savonlinna in September, with highs in Saariselka at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Saariselka

Museums Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel ©
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel

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nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step out of the city life by going to Teijo National Park and Bike Rental - by Carfield. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Go for a jaunt from Turku to Rauma to see Old Rauma about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, browse the collection at Turku City Library, and let little ones run wild at Adventure Park.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Turku tour app .

Fly from Saariselka to Turku in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Saariselka in September: highs in Turku hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Teijo National Park, Old Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 28th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, then make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Pori travel site .

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 29th (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from 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 other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tampere travel route tool .

Getting from Pori to Tampere by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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