13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Pernio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Rosala
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
6
Saarijarvi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Joutsa
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Washington DC

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. Popular historic sites such as Rock Church and Kamppi Chapel of Silence are in your itinerary. Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip builder tool .

Washington DC, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Helsinki is 7 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in May, with highs in Helsinki at 60°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Pernio.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

1
night
Pernio

Pernio ©
Perniö is a former municipality of Finland. On the 24th (Fri), trek along Teijo national park.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Pernio visit planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Pernio takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rosala.

Things to do in Pernio

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park

1
night
Rosala

Rosala ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Rosala Viking Centre and then visit a coastal fixture at Bengtskar Lighthouse.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rosala road trip planner .

Drive from Pernio to Rosala in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Rosala

Museums Historic Sites
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Rosala Viking Centre ©
Rosala Viking Centre
Bengtskar Lighthouse ©
Bengtskar Lighthouse

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kupittaa Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pargas Church, and finally examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kultaranta Garden.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Turku trip tool .

Getting from Rosala to Turku by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Pargas Church, Kultaranta Garden
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
night
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Oro.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kimito Island trip site .

Getting from Turku to Kimito Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May in Kimito Island, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Saarijarvi.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Wildlife Parks
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Oro ©
Oro

1
night
Saarijarvi

Saarijarvi ©
Saarijärvi is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Hakki National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Saarijarvi trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kimito Island to Saarijarvi. May in Saarijarvi sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Joutsa.

Things to do in Saarijarvi

Parks Nature
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Pyha-Hakki National Park ©
Pyha-Hakki National Park

2
nights
Joutsa

Joutsa ©
Joutsa is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Central Finland region. On the 30th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Paijatsalo Trail, then steep yourself in history at Oravivuori Triangulation Tower, and then take in the exciting artwork at Art Center Haihatus.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Joutsa route app .

You can drive from Saarijarvi to Joutsa in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Joutsa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kangasniemi, Oravivuori Triangulation Tower, Paijatsalo Trail
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Paijatsalo Trail ©
Paijatsalo Trail
Kangasniemi Church ©
Kangasniemi Church
Pirtin perinnepuisto ©
Pirtin perinnepuisto

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