17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Lubeck
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hamina
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Mikkeli
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
End: Lubeck

4
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 out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Helsinki day trip site .

Lubeck, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lubeck to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Hamina.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Hamina

Hamina ©
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Hamina side-trips: Lappeenranta (Lappeenranta Fortress, Saimaa Canal, & more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, pause for some photo ops at German Self-Propelled Gun StuG III, and admire the striking features of Hamina Fortress.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hamina day trip site .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Hamina takes 2 hours. July in Hamina sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Hamina

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Kotka
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Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally make a trip to Pikkukirkko. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around The Parikkala Sculpture Park, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Hamina to Savonlinna in 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, The Parikkala Sculpture Park, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

2
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Mannerheim Statue, see the interesting displays at Infantry Museum, make a trip to Kenkavero, then see the interesting displays at Mannerheim`s Saloon Car, then pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Mikkelin Taidemuseo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Communications Centre Lokki, then take in panoramic vistas at Naisvuori Observation Tower, then find something for the whole family at Visulahti, and finally take a memorable drive along Lietvesi Scenic Road.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Mikkeli trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Savonlinna to Mikkeli in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Mikkeli sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Lietvesi Scenic Road
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Infantry Museum ©
Infantry Museum
Naisvuori Observation Tower ©
Naisvuori Observation Tower
Kenkavero ©
Kenkavero

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 10th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, then stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Tampere day trip site .

You can drive from Mikkeli to Tampere in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Go for a jaunt from Turku to Rauma to see Old Rauma about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, step aboard Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku road trip planning tool .

Getting from Tampere to Turku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Moomin World, Old Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

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