18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly:  27​h
End: Mexico City

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.
Get some cultural insight at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Temppeliaukion Church. Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Johannes Church for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Heureka (in Vantaa) and Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo, Castle Hill, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planning app .

Mexico City, Mexico to Helsinki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Helsinki is 8 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Mexico City in September: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 19°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

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

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 20th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Kolovesi National Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Savonlinna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. September in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kolovesi National Park, Siikalahti Wetland, Kummakivi Boulder, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then walk around Lilla holmen, then steep yourself in history at Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, and finally see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kobba Klintar, then contemplate the long history of The Maritime Quarter, and finally examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mariehamn trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Mariehamn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, Kastelholm Castle
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Turku Cathedral. You'll explore and learn at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Old Rauma in Rauma, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and pedal to the sights with Bike Rental - by Carfield.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Turku trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September in Turku, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Herrainpaivat Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, and then examine the collection at Villa Mairea.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Pori attractions planning app .

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Villa Mairea
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, then take an in-depth tour of Emil Aaltosen Museo, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Pori to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 30th (Mon), hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, hike along Ruijanpolku Trail, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Saariselka using our trip planner.

Getting from Tampere to Saariselka by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Tampere in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Saariselka: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel ©
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel