18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly + Train:  6 h 30 min
1
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Dusseldorf

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.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary builder.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Tampere is an approximately 7- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. 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 24°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Beaches

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 25 min away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery A, and step aboard Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Turku road trip site.

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

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. Aland Maritime Museum and Kastelholm Castle will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Museumship Pommern and The Aland Island Art Museum. 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, take an in-depth tour of The Cultural History Museum of Aland, take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, and catch a live event at Wiklof Holding Arena.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, 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 23°C and lows of 13°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

Aland Island, Sund, 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, then pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, then stop 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, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then explore the galleries of S/S Salama, and finally take in the history at Salpa Line.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, 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 flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Nature

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 Sandcastle Lappeenranta and Lappeenranta Fortress. 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: admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lemin kirkko, explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, and trek along Haikkaanlahden Hiking Trail.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, 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 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Imatra, Haikkaanlahden Hiking Trail, Repovesi National Park
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
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 Kansallisgalleria. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hakaniemi Market and Brunberg Candy Factory Shop. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), look for gifts at Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa), and engage your brain at The Finnish Museum of Horology.

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

Take a train from Lappeenranta to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°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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