15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Turku
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Ruotsinpyhtaa
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Des Moines

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kauppakeskus Mylly and Old Rauma. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Ruokapuoti Lumo) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, and see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary planning app .

Des Moines, USA to Turku is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Des Moines in May, with highs in Turku at 59°F and lows at 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Rauma, Naantali Old Town, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, stop by Tammelantori, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally explore the wide array of goods at City Sokos. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Moomin Museum, then look for gifts at Ideapark, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and finally stop by Keittioelamaa.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Tampere visit planner.

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Tampere, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Shopping Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Ideapark
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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.
Head to Hakaniemi Market and Artisaanifor some retail therapy. Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and National Museum of Finland will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, browse the range of quality goods at Stockmann's Department Store, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

You can take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 43°F. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, then explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, and finally stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna online trip planner .

Drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Ruotsinpyhtaa.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

1
night
Ruotsinpyhtaa

Ruotsinpyhtaa ©
Ruotsinpyhtää is a former municipality of Finland. On the 15th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa and then steep yourself in history at Stromforsin ruukki.

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You can drive from Savonlinna to Ruotsinpyhtaa in 4 hours. In May in Ruotsinpyhtaa, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 42°F at night. On the 16th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ruotsinpyhtaa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa ©
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa

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