16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9​h 30​min
— 7 nights
train:  30​min
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h
End: Dubai


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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki online vacation planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Helsinki is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dubai in August, expect Helsinki to be much colder, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for the bus ride to Espoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vantaa Art Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral


Espoo ©
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. Espoo is known for nature, shopping, museums, theme parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Nuuksio National Park, explore the engaging exhibits at Exhibition Centre WeeGee, get curious at The Finnish Museum of Horology, and explore the world behind art at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Espoo sightseeing planning tool .

Espoo is just a short distance from Helsinki. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hameenlinna.

Things to do in Espoo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kirkkonummi, Heureka
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Kaitalampi ©
Heureka ©


Hameenlinna ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): stroll around Aulanko, examine the collection at Museo Militaria, then step into the grandiose world of Hame Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Birthplace of Jean Sibelius. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Evo Hiking Area, see the interesting displays at Palander House, and then get in on the family fun at Ahvenisto.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Hameenlinna road trip website .

You can drive from Espoo to Hameenlinna in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Parks Museums Theme Parks
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Aulanko ©
Ahvenisto ©
Evo Hiking Area ©
Evo Hiking Area


Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): stroll around Sapokka Water Garden, see the interesting displays at Porvoo Museum/Holm House, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Porvoo, and finally don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, then visit a coastal fixture at Söderskärin majakka, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Castle Hill.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Porvoo online visit planner .

Getting from Hameenlinna to Porvoo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. August in Porvoo sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porvoo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

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Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

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