21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

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21 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Saskatoon
Fly:  22 h 45 min
1
Turku
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Mustasaari
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
5
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
+3
Shuttle + Foot + Fly + Train:  7 h
6
Imatra
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Lahti
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
8
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Saskatoon

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Kuusisto Manor. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Kurjenrahka National Park, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Turku travel planner .

Saskatoon, Canada to Turku is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 8 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Kuusisto Manor, Kultaranta Garden, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Take a break from the city and head to Suolijarvi Beach and Rauhaniemi Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Holy Cross Church and Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Change things up with a short trip to Sibelius Birthplace in Haemeenlinna (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vanha Kirkko, and stop by Alko.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Tampere are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, Holy Cross Church
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 10th (Wed), look for gifts at Porin Kauppahalli, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, and finally kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Puurijarvi-Isosuo National Park.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Pori day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Pori are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Rauma, Puurijarvi-Isosuo National Park
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

2
nights
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Setterbergin Puisto, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hietasaaren uimaranta, and then take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mustasaari route planner .

You can drive from Pori to Mustasaari in 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Mustasaari can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Vaasa
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta
Setterbergin Puisto ©
Setterbergin Puisto

1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Keimiotunturi Fell and then stroll through Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): head outdoors with Seven Fells Up, experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and then explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mustasaari to Akaslompolo takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Mustasaari in October, with highs in Akaslompolo at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Muonio, Levi
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

1
day
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, then kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Imatrankoski Church.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Imatra online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Akaslompolo to Imatra in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Akaslompolo in October; daily highs in Imatra reach 7°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Lahti.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Joutsenon kirkko
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko

1
night
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. On the 17th (Wed), hit the slopes at Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center, ponder the design of Musical Fountain, and then take a stroll around Sibelius Hall.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lahti online road trip planner .

You can take a train from Imatra to Lahti in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. October in Lahti sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lahti

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center
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Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall
Musical Fountain ©
Musical Fountain

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.
Popular historic sites such as Fortress of Suomenlinna and Rock Church are in your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to Marimekko or Flamingo Entertainment Centre. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Market Hall, buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre, and look for gifts at Marimekko.

For maps and more tourist information, use the Helsinki online trip maker .

You can take a train from Lahti to Helsinki in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Helsinki are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Flamingo Entertainment Center
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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