13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Halifax
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Porvoo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Oulu
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Halifax

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nuuksio National Park and Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The Aalto House. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Heureka (in Vantaa) and Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island). There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and stop by Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa).

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Halifax, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Halifax to Helsinki is 6 hours. In March in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Vantaa, Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum, Nuuksio National Park, Paavolan Tammi
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

2
nights
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Söderskärin majakka, get some fabulous bargains at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, then wander the streets of Stromforsin ruukki, and finally steep yourself in history at Ungern and Rosen Fortresses. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Hiidenkirnut, admire the striking features of Cathedral of Porvoo, stop by Pieni Suklaatehdas, steep yourself in history at Castle Hill, then see the interesting displays at Porvoo Doll and Toy Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kokonniemi.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Porvoo planning website .

Traveling by bus from Helsinki to Porvoo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hiidenkirnut, Stromforsin ruukki, Arboretum Mustila, Ungern and Rosen Fortresses
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Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Martinkirkko, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, and finally stroll through Bike Rental - by Carfield. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then hike along The Archipelago Trail, then examine the collection at Louhisaari Manor, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Kurjenrahka National Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Porvoo to Turku takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In March, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kauppahalli and Marjaniemi Lighthouse. Your inner history buff will appreciate Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral and Kemi Church. Explore Oulu's surroundings by going to The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley (in Tornio), Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii) and Raahe Museum (in Raahe). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, walk around Ainolan Puisto, see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, and take a memorable tour with Outdoors Oulu Oy.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Oulu trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Turku to Oulu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Turku in March: high temperatures in Oulu hover around 0°C and lows are around -8°C. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Raahe Museum, Kierikki Stone Age Centre, Kemi Church, Koitelinkoski, The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley
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Outdoors Oulu Oy ©
Outdoors Oulu Oy
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Raahe Museum ©
Raahe Museum

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