19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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19 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
6
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

6
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.
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Teijo national park and Tulliniemi Nature Path. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Raseborg (Fagervik Church, Ekenas Archipelago National Park, & more), Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip maker tool .

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki is 10 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 61°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Raseborg, Hanko, Teijo National Park, Fagervik Museum, Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, then examine the collection at Tampere City Library, Metso, then examine the collection at National Police Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Visavuori, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tampere route tool .

Take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Tampere are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Visavuori, The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo)
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The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas ©
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas
Visavuori ©
Visavuori

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, experience rural life at Tahko Farmi, and then get engrossed in the history at Riuttala Farmhouse Museum. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, then see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Leppavirta Church.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Kuopio trip tool .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Kuopio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daytime highs in Kuopio are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Leppavirta Church, Tahko Farmi
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo
Leppavirta Church ©
Leppavirta Church

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 28th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally take in the history at Salpa Line. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Kolovesi National Park.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna vacation app .

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Savonlinna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki, Kolovesi National Park, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

2
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 30th (Mon), head off the coast to Lammassaari Island and then see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Lappeen Marian kirkko.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta holiday planner.

Drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Imatra, Salpa Line Museum
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): learn about all things military at Bunker Museum, identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at St. John's Church, then contemplate the long history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Hollola, and finally see the interesting displays at Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kouvola trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Lappeenranta to Kouvola in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Kouvola sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 35°F at night. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hamina, Kotka, Bunker Museum, Arboretum Mustila, Church of Hollola
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Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Bunker Museum ©
Bunker Museum

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