13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 day
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Turku
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Tampere
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Frankfurt

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then take a stroll through Ullanlinna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, then admire the natural beauty at Observatory Hill Park, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Stadin Panimo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Helsinki journey planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Frankfurt in May, with highs in Helsinki at 18°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

1
night
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. To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kotka trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Kotka, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Valkmusa National Park
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Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park

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 10th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna online road trip planner .

Getting from Kotka to Savonlinna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

1
day
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Mariehamn holiday tool .

You can fly from Savonlinna to Mariehamn in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, Kastelholm Castle
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Visiting Bellevue Beach and Vepsa Island will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, explore the world behind art at Turku Art Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kultaranta Garden.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Turku holiday maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Naantali, Bellevue Beach
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas & Wellness and Serlachius Museum Gustaf. Serlachius Museum Gosta and The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Parola Tank Museum (in Parola) and Museo Militaria (in Haemeenlinna). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, take an in-depth tour of Milavida Museo, see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daytime highs in Tampere are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mantta-Vilppula, Parola Tank Museum, The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), Museo Militaria
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Parola Tank Museum ©
Parola Tank Museum
Serlachius Museum Gosta ©
Serlachius Museum Gosta
Serlachius Museum Gustaf ©
Serlachius Museum Gustaf

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