18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

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.
Get in touch with nature at Hatanpaa Arboretum and Yyteri Beach. Get some cultural insight at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Change things up with a short trip to Taidekeskus Harri in Alavus (about 2 hours away). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, make a trip to Nasinneula Tower, take in the exciting artwork at Haihara Art Centre, and look for gifts at Ideapark.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Tampere is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Dusseldorf to Tampere, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dusseldorf in July, things will get a bit cooler in Tampere: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Shopping

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.
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Turku Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Forum Marinum Maritime Centre and Gallery A will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Rauma (Old Rauma & Rauma Art Museum). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, make a trip to Naantali Old Town, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, and take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Joella.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. July in Turku sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can 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. Museumship Pommern and Eckerö Post & tullhus will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aland Maritime Museum and Kastelholm Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mariehamn: Bomarsund (in Sund) and Leklandet (in Eckero). There's still lots to do: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antikbutiken, take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, have fun and explore at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, and explore the world behind art at The Aland Island Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn trip builder site .

Getting from Turku to Mariehamn by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. July in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Sund, Aland Island, Leklandet, Antikbutiken
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Punkaharju Ridge, view the masterpieces at Johanna Oras Art Gallery, step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at S/S Salama, and finally take in the history at Salpa Line.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna online itinerary builder .

Getting from Mariehamn to Savonlinna by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 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 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Repovesi National Park and Imatra Waterfall. Head to Shopping Mall Galleria and Souvenirs worldfor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, trek along Haikkaanlahden Hiking Trail, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lemin kirkko, and step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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) so you can 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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Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall

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 Nuuksio National Park and Hakaniemi Market. Head to Brunberg Candy Factory Shop and Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa)for some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and get curious at The Finnish Museum of Horology.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip planning tool .

Getting from Lappeenranta to Helsinki by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

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

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