16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+2
train + foot + Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Oulu
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Kalajoki
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia


2
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rock Church and Fortress of Suomenlinna. Popular historic sites such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The Esplanadi Park are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Johannes Church, and take a stroll through Katajanokka.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary tool .

Philadelphia, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Helsinki is 7 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in November; daily highs in Helsinki reach 40°F and lows reach 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 5th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere attractions planner.

Take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In November in Tampere, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 30°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Spas & Wellness

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 6th (Tue): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then admire the masterpieces at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church and then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Turku road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 32°F. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Archangel Michael's church ©
Archangel Michael's church
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

3
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 8th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Ruokolahden Kirkko, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas, trek along Lammassaari Island, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then take in the exciting artwork at Johanna Oras Art Gallery, then stroll through Kitee Zoo, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Salpa Line.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna sightseeing planning website .

Traveling by car from Turku to Savonlinna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Turku in November, you will find days in Savonlinna are a bit cooler (35°F), and nights are about the same (29°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Imatra, Kerimaki, Ruokolahden Kirkko, Kitee Zoo, Johanna Oras Art Gallery
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Ruokolahden Kirkko ©
Ruokolahden Kirkko
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Haukipudas Church, then shake up your sightseeing with Oulu Climbing Centre, and finally see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo. Here are some ideas for day two: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park, see the interesting displays at Oulun Automuseo, then hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, and finally appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Oulu trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Savonlinna to Oulu in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. November in Oulu sees daily highs of 35°F and lows of 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Haukipudas Church
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park
Oulu Climbing Centre ©
Oulu Climbing Centre

2
nights
Kalajoki

Kalajoki ©
Kalajoki is a coastal town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Oulu and is part of the Northern Ostrobothnia region. To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kalajoki day trip site .

Traveling by car from Oulu to Kalajoki takes 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°F, and evening lows to 28°F. You will leave for home on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Kalajoki

Outdoors Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kannuksen Kirkko
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Maakalla ©
Maakalla
Kannuksen Kirkko ©
Kannuksen Kirkko
Jukupark Kalajoki ©
Jukupark Kalajoki

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