16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  12​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
2
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Pori
— 1 night
6
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Chicago

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Heureka (in Vantaa) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Helsinki online tour planner .

Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Helsinki is 8 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chicago in June, with highs in Helsinki at 65°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Porvoo Old Town, Heureka
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Heureka ©
Heureka

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 20th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lemin kirkko, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lappeenranta online holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Imatra Waterfall
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

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nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 21st (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Kolovesi National Park and then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna journey planning site .

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Kolovesi National Park, Linnansaari National Park
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 23rd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: laugh and play at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tampere day trip website .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): have some family-friendly fun at Space Bowling & Billiards, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Herrainpaivat Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Villa Mairea.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Pori trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Pori takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Pori sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Villa Mairea
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea
Space Bowling & Billiards ©
Space Bowling & Billiards

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Appreciate the collections at Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Rauma and Turku Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, and take a stroll through Naantali Old Town.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Turku online attractions planner .

Drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Turku are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naantali, Old Rauma
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 29th (Mon), examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, then see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kobba Klintar.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mariehamn trip planner .

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kastelholm Castle
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Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

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