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:  5​h 45​min
3
Oulu
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Turku
— 2 nights
6
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Tampere
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hakaniemi Market and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, wander the streets of Katajanokka, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Forsblom.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from London in September: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 19°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

1
night
Savonlinna

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

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Savonlinna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In September in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can 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
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

1
night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, take in the exciting artwork at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ainolan Puisto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral, and finally look for gifts at Luovon Puoji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, admire the masterpieces at Oulun Taidemuseo, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Oulu online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Oulu takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Luovon Puoji
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Oulun Taidemuseo ©
Oulun Taidemuseo
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 14th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, and finally steep yourself in history at Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, contemplate the long history of Salis Batteri, examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, then take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mariehamn online road trip planner .

Getting from Oulu to Mariehamn by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then do sightseeing your way with Ett Hem Museum, then see the interesting displays at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip planning app .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kauppakeskus Mylly, Naantali Old Town
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 18th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), take in the exciting artwork at Pori Art Museum, then see the interesting displays at Villa Mairea, and finally kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Pori road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Pori are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Villa Mairea
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Pori Art Museum ©
Pori Art Museum
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Step out of the city life by going to Ahtari Zoo and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto. Get some cultural insight at Laukko Manor and The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga, and look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Pori to Tampere takes 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 by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Laukko Manor, The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Ahtari Zoo
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto

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