15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  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
+2
Bus + Foot + 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The National Museum of Finland. Do your shopping at Hakaniemi Market and Market Square Kauppatori. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, look for gifts at Taiga Colors, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Helsinki travel route planner.

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. 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 Vapriikin Museokeskus and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Tampere City Library, Metso will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, stop by Ideapark, walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki.

Plan trip to Tampere with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can 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
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

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.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Turku online tour itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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

Kauppakeskus Mylly, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
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): explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, make a trip to The Maritime Quarter, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Mariehamn road trip website.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to 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): 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 reviews, maps, ratings, 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.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, 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 find ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Rovaniemi by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. 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
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

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