16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  19​h
1
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Imatra
— 1 day
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
7
Porvoo
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get some cultural insight at Turku Castle and Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum. Popular historic sites such as Turku Cathedral and Kuusisto Manor are in your itinerary. Step out of Turku with an excursion to Kurjenrahka National Park in Poytya--about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, head off the coast to Vepsa Island, and delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary planning tool .

San Francisco, USA to Turku is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Turku, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in August, things will get little chillier in Turku: highs are around 68°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Kuusisto Manor
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park

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 26th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Vanha Kirkko, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Suolijarvi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: try out the rides at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Tampere road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Vanha Kirkko ©
Vanha Kirkko

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 28th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirjurinluoto, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Pori trip itinerary app .

Drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Pori sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Kirjurinluoto ©
Kirjurinluoto

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

Plan my day in Mustasaari using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Pori to Mustasaari takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in August, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

1
day
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at De tre korsens kyrka, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church, then step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Imatra sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Mustasaari to Imatra in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August in Imatra, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Imatra

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lauritsala Church
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church

4
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.
Fortress of Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rock Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hietaranta Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip planner .

You can take a train from Imatra to Helsinki in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Porvoo

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 4th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, then take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and then make a trip to Porvoo Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): take a stroll through Stromforsin ruukki and then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Porvoo trip planner .

You can drive from Helsinki to Porvoo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Stromforsin ruukki
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Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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