13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: New York City

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.
Pack the 10th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki planner .

New York City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Helsinki. Traveling from New York City in August, things will get little chillier in Helsinki: highs are around 69°F and lows about 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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 14th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Turku Biological Museum, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then have fun at Moomin World, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naantali Church. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Turku day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Naantali
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 16th (Thu), look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Vanha Kirkko, kick back and relax at Suolijarvi Beach, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere road trip tool .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in August, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Childrens Museums Museums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vanha Kirkko ©
Vanha Kirkko

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. On the 18th (Sat), head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mustasaari online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Tampere to Mustasaari in 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Mustasaari can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. On your second day here, snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge and then admire all the interesting features of Lappi Areena.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Mustasaari to Rovaniemi in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. August in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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