16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 8 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Porvoo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Hameenlinna
— 2 nights
4
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Helsinki

8
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 outdoors at Nuuksio National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Attractions like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Korkeasaari Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula) (in Tuusula), Arctic Expedition (in Espoo) and Vantaa (Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto & Heureka). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, wander the streets of Katajanokka, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and examine the collection at Vantaa Art Museum.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary builder app .

If you are flying in from United Arab Emirates, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 16th (Fri), you'll travel to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Vantaa, Espoo, Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula)
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

2
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Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, make a trip to Porvoo Old Town, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Porvoo, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Hill.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Porvoo tour itinerary builder .

You can take a bus from Helsinki to Porvoo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Hameenlinna.

Things to do in Porvoo

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Tykkimaki Amusement Park, Arboretum Mustila
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Tykkimaki Amusement Park ©
Tykkimaki Amusement Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo

2
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Hameenlinna

Hameenlinna ©
On the 19th (Mon), stroll around Aulanko, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, and then step into the grandiose world of Hame Castle. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Hauhon kirkko and then examine the collection at Birthplace of Jean Sibelius.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hameenlinna vacation tool .

Drive from Porvoo to Hameenlinna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August in Hameenlinna, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sarkanniemi Theme Park
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Birthplace of Jean Sibelius ©
Birthplace of Jean Sibelius
Hauhon kirkko ©
Hauhon kirkko

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kids will enjoy Moomin World and Bellevue Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Castle and Old Rauma. Change things up with a short trip to The Church of the Holy Cross in Rauma (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: trek along The Archipelago Trail, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Turku trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Hameenlinna to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rauma, Moomin World, Bellevue Beach
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach

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