13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Florence
train + Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Lahti
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Florence

2
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Fortress of Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Old Market Hall and Marimekko. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach and stroll through Hietaranta Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki travel planner .

Florence, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Florence in August, with highs in Helsinki at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 20th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary planning tool .

Take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally admire the striking features of Kuusisto Manor. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then explore the striking landscape of Kurjenrahka National Park.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Turku road trip website .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Kuusisto Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Pori Art Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, then get engrossed in the history at Rosenlew Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pori online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Pori

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Kauppakeskus Puuvilla ©
Kauppakeskus Puuvilla
Rosenlew Museum ©
Rosenlew Museum

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mustasaari trip planner .

Drive from Pori to Mustasaari in 3 hours. In August in Mustasaari, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

3
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Riihisaari and then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Lammassaari Island, make a trip to The Parikkala Sculpture Park, then see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find maps and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip maker site .

Drive from Mustasaari to Savonlinna in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lahti.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Punkaharju, The Parikkala Sculpture Park, Kerimaki Church, Lammassaari Island
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Punkaharjun Kesamaa ©
Punkaharjun Kesamaa
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

1
night
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): examine the collection at Lahti Ski Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Ristinkirkko, then admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain, then get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall, and finally see the interesting displays at Motorcycle Museum of Finland.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lahti online travel planner .

Drive from Savonlinna to Lahti in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daily temperatures in Lahti can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Motorcycle Museum of Finland ©
Motorcycle Museum of Finland
Lahti Ski Museum ©
Lahti Ski Museum
Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall

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