13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Brussels

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Helsinki

— 4 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Katajanokka and Kansallisgalleria. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. And it doesn't end there: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planning app.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Helsinki is 1 hour. Traveling from Brussels in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 8°C in Helsinki. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 9:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then hike along Juutua Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in September, things will get a bit cooler in Saariselka: highs are around 13°C and lows about 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Kurjenrahka National Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Turku Cathedral and Marela Museum House. Venture out of the city with trips to Rauma (Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum & Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). The adventure continues: trek along The Archipelago Trail, see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and admire the natural beauty at Kultaranta Garden.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Turku takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Saariselka, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Turku, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 16th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Maltinranta Artcenter, pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, then examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, and finally see the interesting displays at Tampere City Library, Metso.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere online trip planner.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Tampere are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."