13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
2
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Turku
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mannerheim Museum and Kansallisgalleria. For shopping fun, head to Hakaniemi Market or Brunberg Candy Factory Shop. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Maritime Centre Vellamo (in Kotka) and Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Pieni Suklaatehdas). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukion Church.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Porvoo, Maritime Centre Vellamo
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

2
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 3rd (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, and finally hike along Lammassaari Island. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder, explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, and then see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta holiday planning app .

Getting from Helsinki to Lappeenranta by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Imatra, Kummakivi Boulder
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, steep yourself in history at The Maritime Quarter, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mariehamn road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Lappeenranta to Mariehamn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. August in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kastelholm Castle, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle
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.
Popular historic sites such as Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Old Rauma are in your itinerary. Naantali Old Town and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and browse the collection at Turku City Library.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Old Rauma, Naantali Old Town
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 9th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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