16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport

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Helsinki

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria. Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Helsinki Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Teijo National Park (in Pernio), Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Ekenas Archipelago National Park. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planning tool.

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Francisco in September, with highs in Helsinki at 61°F and lows at 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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2
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Tampere

Manchester of the North

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): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Visavuori, then 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 reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tampere vacation site.

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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2
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Savonlinna

The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit 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 deepen your knowledge of military history at Salpa Line.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna online visit planner.

Drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 44°F at night. On the 25th (Wed), you'll travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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2
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Lappeenranta

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
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 next day: get outside with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church, and finally admire the striking features of Lappeen Marian kirkko.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta online itinerary planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta by car takes about 2 hours. September in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

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Kouvola

Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, then admire the striking features of Main Building of Military School, then walk around Riverside Park, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Vaaksy Canal, see the interesting displays at Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Hollola.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kouvola journey planner.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Kouvola takes 1.5 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. 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 · Nature

Side Trips

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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."