15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  17​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Raseborg
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Hamina
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: San Diego


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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Kansallisgalleria and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Rock Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland, and wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip planner .

San Diego, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from San Diego in April, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around 47°F and lows about 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get some cultural insight at Forssa Museum and Vapriikin Museokeskus. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and Holy Cross Church. Step out of Tampere with an excursion to Visavuori in Valkeakoski--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, get in on the family fun at Funpark, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas, and contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip maker .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Tampere are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Holy Cross Church, Visavuori, Funpark, Forssa Museum
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Forssa Museum ©
Forssa Museum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and then stroll through The Archipelago Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then examine the collection at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

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You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Raseborg.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

few
hours
Raseborg

Raseborg ©
Raseborg is a town and municipality of Finland. To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Raseborg trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Turku to Raseborg takes 2 hours. In May in Raseborg, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 40°F at night. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Raseborg

Historic Sites
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Raseborg Castle ©
Raseborg Castle

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Raseborg to Savonlinna. May in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Lappeenrannan kirkko, explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, then make a trip to Lappeen Marian kirkko, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Taipalsaaren kirkko, and finally get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta trip maker .

Getting from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hamina.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Taipalsaaren kirkko, Imatra Waterfall
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Lappeenrannan taidemuseo ©
Lappeenrannan taidemuseo
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko

2
nights
Hamina

Hamina ©
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, take a stroll through Stromforsin ruukki, and then go for a walk through Ankkapurha Culture Park. On your second day here, learn about all things military at Bunker Museum and then wander the streets of Linden Esplanade.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Hamina day trip planner.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Hamina by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Hamina are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamina

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Stromforsin ruukki, Ankkapurha Culture Park, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Bunker Museum, Linden Esplanade
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Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Ankkapurha Culture Park ©
Ankkapurha Culture Park

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