15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Ruotsinpyhtaa
— 1 night
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Des Moines International Airport

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Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Visit Turku Castle and Old Rauma for their historical value. Do your shopping at Kauppakeskus Mylly and Ruokapuoti Lumo. Venture out of the city with trips to Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen) and The Church of the Holy Cross (in Rauma). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, and visit Naantali Old Town.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Turku itinerary planner.

Des Moines, USA to Turku is an approximately 22-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Des Moines to Turku due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Des Moines in May, things will get little chillier in Turku: highs are around 59°F and lows about 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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3
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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 7th (Mon), look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, look for gifts at Tammelantori, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally browse the range of quality goods at City Sokos. On your second day here, examine the collection at Moomin Museum, stop by Ideapark, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and finally look for gifts at Keittioelamaa.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; 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 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

4
nights
Helsinki

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
For shopping fun, head to Hakaniemi Market or Market Square Kauppatori. Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral for their historical value. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, examine the collection at Design Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Helsinki sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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2
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Savonlinna

The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 14th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, and finally look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna trip maker website.

You can drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ruotsinpyhtaa.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

1
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Ruotsinpyhtaa

Ruotsinpyhtää is a former municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa and then steep yourself in history at Stromforsin Ruukki.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ruotsinpyhtaa trip maker app.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Ruotsinpyhtaa in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. You'll set off for home on the 16th (Wed).

Things to do in Ruotsinpyhtaa

Historic Sites
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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."