15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  21​h
End: Charlotte

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.
Pack the 3rd (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, make a trip to The Esplanadi Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki tour itinerary planner .

Charlotte, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Helsinki is 7 hours. When traveling from Charlotte in September, plan for much colder days in Helsinki, with highs around 61°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 7th (Fri), get lost in a book at Turku City Library, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, get a new perspective on nature at Turku Biological Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally gain insight at Turku Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and then enjoy some diversion at Moomin World.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip planner .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Suolijarvi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Tampere are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Childrens Museums Theme Parks
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in September, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are little chillier, around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta and then cruise along Replot Bridge.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mustasaari holiday maker app .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Mustasaari in 7.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In September, daily temperatures in Mustasaari can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Raippaluodon Silta ©
Raippaluodon Silta

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