16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
3
Oulu
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Turku
— 3 nights
6
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
End: Helsinki

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Ullanlinna. Do your shopping at Hakaniemi Market and ARTag Gallery. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, see the interesting displays at Helsinki University Museum (Helsingin Yliopiston Museo), take a stroll through Katajanokka, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

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London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in Helsinki at 19°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Shopping Wildlife
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Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral.

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Getting from Helsinki to Savonlinna by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, 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

1
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Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 12th (Thu), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, then enjoy some diversion at Tietomaa, and finally stop by Luovon Puoji. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park, examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach.

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Getting from Savonlinna to Oulu by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daytime highs in Oulu are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Fun & Games Beaches

Side Trip

Luovon Puoji
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli

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nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 14th (Sat), examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kobba Klintar, and finally contemplate the long history of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, steep yourself in history at Salis Batteri, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, then take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mariehamn online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Oulu to Mariehamn in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Aland Island, Kastelholm Castle, Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step out of the city life by going to Teijo national park and Bellevue Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Turku Castle and Kauppakeskus Mylly. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral and take a stroll through Naantali Old Town.

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You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Teijo National Park, Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park

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Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 19th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), shop like a local with Pori Art Museum, then see the interesting displays at Villa Mairea, and finally stroll through Yyteri Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, then enjoy the sea views from Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, then stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma.

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Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Pori sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Rauma, Villa Mairea
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Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): examine the collection at Tampere City Library, Metso, look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, then see the interesting displays at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, then take an in-depth tour of Milavida Museo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach.

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You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Tampere, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo)
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Tampere City Library, Metso ©
Tampere City Library, Metso
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas ©
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas

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