13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Tampere
— 1 night
3
Turku
— 3 nights
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
6
Kotka
— 1 night

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©

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.
Head to Hakaniemi Market and Willatarfor some retail therapy. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum.

For ratings and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki travel itinerary planner.

Seattle, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Seattle in May, things will get little chillier in Helsinki: highs are around 60°F and lows about 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Side Trips

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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

1
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Tampere

Tampere ©

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 8th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

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You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get some historical perspective at Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and Old Rauma. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Ruokapuoti Lumo) and Bonk Museum (in Uusikaupunki). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Joella, and buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Turku sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
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Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): walk around Lilla holmen, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then contemplate the long history of The Maritime Quarter, and finally see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mariehamn trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. May in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Savonlinna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

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Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. On the 14th (Fri), examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden.

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Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kotka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May in Kotka, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
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Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church ©
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

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