18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tampere
— 3 nights
2
Turku
— 3 nights
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 3 nights
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
5
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Do your shopping at Taidekeskus Harri and Haihara Art Centre. Get in touch with nature at Yyteri Beach and Hatanpaa Arboretum. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary builder.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Tampere is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dusseldorf to Tampere. Traveling from Dusseldorf in July, expect Tampere to be little chillier, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Taidekeskus Harri, Yyteri Beach, Ideapark
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll explore and learn at Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Rauma and Turku Cathedral. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Rauma Art Museum in Rauma, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery A, and visit Naantali Old Town.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Turku road trip site.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Rauma, Naantali Old Town
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Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre ©
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre

3
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Museumship Pommern and Kastelholm Castle will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Aland Maritime Museum and The Cultural History Museum of Aland. Change things up with these side-trips from Mariehamn: Bomarsund (in Sund) and Leklandet (in Eckero). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Eckerö Post & tullhus, admire the masterpieces at The Aland Island Art Museum, take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, and catch a live event at Wiklof Holding Arena.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mariehamn tour itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. July in Mariehamn sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sund, Aland Island, Antikbutiken, Leklandet
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 24th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Punkaharju Ridge, view the masterpieces at Johanna Oras Art Gallery, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, thenstop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, thenexplore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, thenexplore the galleries of S/S Salama, and finally take in the history at Salpa Line.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Savonlinna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Punkaharju, Salpa Line
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Johanna Oras Art Gallery ©
Johanna Oras Art Gallery
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lappeenranta Fortress and Sandcastle Lappeenranta. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Shopping Mall Galleria and Souvenirs world. Go for a jaunt from Lappeenranta to Kouvola to see Repovesi National Park about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, hike along Haikkaanlahden Hiking Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at Lemin kirkko, and take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta attractions planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Imatra, Haikkaanlahden Hiking Trail, Repovesi National Park
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Cathedral of Porvoo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hakaniemi Market and The National Museum of Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Porvoo (Brunberg Candy Factory Shop & Porvoo Old Town). There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, look for gifts at Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa), and engage your brain at The Finnish Museum of Horology.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

Drive from Lappeenranta to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Porvoo, Espoo
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

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