15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly + train:  4​h 15​min
5
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
7
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Do your shopping at Hakaniemi Market and Stockmann's Department Store. Appreciate the collections at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Fortress of Suomenlinna. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Market Square Kauppatori, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki travel planning website .

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in August since evenings lows in Helsinki dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Tampere Cathedral and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing will appeal to history buffs. Vapriikin Museokeskus and Tampere City Library, Metso will appeal to museum buffs. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, look for gifts at Ideapark, and explore the wide array of goods at City Sokos.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere online trip planner .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ideapark
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Mediamuseo Rupriikki ©
Mediamuseo Rupriikki

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Louhisaari Manor, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku visit planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kauppakeskus Mylly, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 29th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, then take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mariehamn planner .

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kastelholm Castle, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum, look for gifts at MyGoodKnife, and then step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Prisma, examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, then stop by Imatran Kalatalo, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lappeenranta online route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Mariehamn to Lappeenranta in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Imatra, Salpa Line Museum
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 1st (Sun), examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, then make a trip to Pikkukirkko, and finally pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip maker app .

Getting from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): examine the collection at Lapland Forestry Museum, get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library, stop by LAURI, then browse the different shops at Arctic Circle Mall, then look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Sampokeskus, and finally stop by Your Piece Of Finland. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi vacation tool .

Getting from Savonlinna to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Forestry Museum of Lapland ©
Forestry Museum of Lapland
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Rovaniemi Local History Museum ©
Rovaniemi Local History Museum

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