16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Kimito Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: San Francisco


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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Cathedral of Porvoo. Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Rock Church for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki), Kotka (Linden Esplanade & Beach Mansikkalahti) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, take in the exciting artwork at Okra, and enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 10 hours. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Cathedral of Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park, Arboretum Mustila
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tampere Cathedral and Pyhan Birgitan kirkko. Explore hidden gems such as Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto and Laukko Manor. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere day trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Laukko Manor, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
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Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, then examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then look for gifts at Luovon Puoji, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Haukipudas Church, then examine the collection at Kierikki Stone Age Centre, then view the masterpieces at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Oulu trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Luovon Puoji, Kierikki Stone Age Centre, Haukipudas Church
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Kierikki Stone Age Centre ©
Kierikki Stone Age Centre
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to The Maritime Quarter.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn trip maker site .

You can fly from Oulu to Mariehamn in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In July in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kastelholm Castle, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

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 27th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli. On your second day here, head off the coast to Vepsa Island, then pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Turku route planner .

Getting from Mariehamn to Turku by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

3
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Escape the urban bustle at Oro and Bellevue Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Soderlangvik and Rosala Viking Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Kimito Island side-trips: Ekenas Museum (in Raseborg) and Bengtskar Lighthouse (in Rosala).

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kimito Island trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Rosala, Bellevue Beach, Ekenas Museum
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Oro ©
Oro
Bengtskar Lighthouse ©
Bengtskar Lighthouse
Ekenas Museum ©
Ekenas Museum

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