15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Tampere
— 3 nights
3
Turku
— 2 nights
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
5
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
6
Savonlinna
— 1 night
7
Rovaniemi
— 1 night

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Do your shopping at Hakaniemi Market and Market Square Kauppatori. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, look for gifts at Taiga Colors, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Helsinki travel route planner.

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in August, Helsinki is a bit cooler at night with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore hidden gems such as Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Vapriikin Museokeskus. Mediamuseo Rupriikki and Tampere City Library, Metso will appeal to museum buffs. Pack the 25th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, look for gifts at Ideapark, explore the wide array of goods at City Sokos, and steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

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

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive 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): steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Louhisaari Manor, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Turku online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Turku sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, 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 photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn visit planner.

Fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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): examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum, then look for gifts at MyGoodKnife, and then step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wide array of goods at Prisma, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, then look for gifts at Imatran Kalatalo, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Mariehamn to Lappeenranta takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. In August, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna trip planner.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Forestry Museum of Lapland, browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, browse the different shops at Arctic Circle Mall, then look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Sampokeskus, and finally stop by Your Piece Of Finland. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in September, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough 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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