15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

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


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5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The Aalto House. Get some cultural insight at Kansallisgalleria and The National Museum of Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Ahola (in Jarvenpaa), Porvoo (Castle Hill & Cathedral of Porvoo) and Kotka (Sapokka Water Garden, Maritime Centre Vellamo, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, admire the striking features of Johannes Church, explore the world behind art at Sinebrychoff Art Museum, and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki route 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 in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kotka, Vantaa, Porvoo, EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Ahola
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Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

1
night
Mariehamn

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 9th (Thu), explore the engaging exhibits at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, and finally examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Mariehamn trip site .

You can fly from Helsinki to Mariehamn in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Kastelholm Castle
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku Castle and Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turku Cathedral and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Suomen Hevosurheilumuseo (in Ypaja), Rauma (The Old Town Hall Museum & Old Rauma) and Koylio Church (in Koylio). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, make a trip to Naantali Old Town, and browse the collection at Turku City Library.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip maker site .

Getting from Mariehamn to Turku by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rauma, Suomen Hevosurheilumuseo, Koylio Church, Naantali Old Town
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Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get some historical perspective at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko). Vapriikin Museokeskus and Villa Mairea will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala), Pori (Yyteri Beach & Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo) and Hame Castle (in Hameenlinna). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, and see the interesting displays at Lenin Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere online trip builder .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daytime highs in Tampere are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pori, Hame Castle, Villa Mairea, Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum
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Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

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