16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
3
Oulu
— 1 night
Fly
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Pori
— 1 night
Drive
7
Tampere
— 4 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Helsinki Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Katajanokka, hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, visit Ullanlinna, and shop like a local with Galerie Forsblom.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki tour planner.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. Traveling from London in September, things will get slightly colder in Helsinki: highs are around 19°C and lows about 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 · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 11th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): make a trip to Kauppahalli, take in the exciting artwork at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then stroll around Ainolan Puisto, then admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral, and finally stop by Luovon Puoji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): stroll around Hupisaaret Park, then admire the masterpieces at Oulun Taidemuseo, and then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Oulu vacation builder site.

Fly from Savonlinna to Oulu in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Oulu are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and then step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, steep yourself in history at Salis Batteri, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, then take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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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 up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Nature · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 16th (Mon), wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, then admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Turku itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 18th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), get a taste of the local shopping with Pori Art Museum, then examine the collection at Villa Mairea, and finally stroll through Yyteri Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Pori trip builder tool.

Drive from Turku to Pori in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Laukko Manor. Step off the beaten path and head to Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto and Mediamuseo Rupriikki. Step out of Tampere to go to Ahtari and see Ahtari Zoo, which is approximately 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Tampere holiday maker.

Drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 22:

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."