16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
5
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

5
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.
Visit Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Helsinki Cathedral for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Teijo national park and King's Road. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Ekenas Archipelago National Park (in Raseborg), Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and take an in-depth tour of Alvar Aalto's studio.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip builder tool .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 61°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ekenas Archipelago National Park, King's Road, Teijo national park, Bellevue Beach, Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

2
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 22nd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, then examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo). On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Visavuori, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, then see the interesting displays at National Police Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Tampere City Library, Metso.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tampere vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Visavuori, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo)
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The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas ©
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas
National Police Museum ©
National Police Museum

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 24th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally take in the history at Salpa Line. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Kolovesi National Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki, Kolovesi National Park, 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

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 26th (Thu): head off the coast to Lammassaari Island and then see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): head outdoors with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Nicholas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lappeen Marian kirkko.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lappeenranta travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Imatra, Salpa Line Museum
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 28th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, deepen your knowledge of military history at Main Building of Military School, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Vaaksy Canal, examine the collection at Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Hollola.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kouvola online trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Lappeenranta to Kouvola in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Kouvola sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 46°F at night. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hamina, Kotka, Church of Hollola, Vaaksy Canal, Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral ©
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

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