21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary planner

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 5 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 5 nights
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
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Oulu
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 6 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Mannerheim Museum. Bring the kids along to Katajanokka and Kansallisgalleria. Step out of Helsinki to go to Vantaa and see Heureka, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Johannes Church, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki travel route builder app.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Helsinki is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Jeddah to Helsinki is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Jeddah in September, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 19°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 28:

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore hidden gems such as Hatanpaa Arboretum and Vapriikin Museokeskus. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Hameensilta. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, and kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip builder app.

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Tampere, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 3:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 4th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Pori trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Pori, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Naantali Old Town and Turku Cathedral. Bring the kids along to Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Old Rauma in Rauma, about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, make a splash at JukuPark Turku, and kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Turku holiday planning website.

Getting from Pori to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 9:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 1 night
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 10th (Thu), take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, explore the engaging exhibits at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Mariehamn trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park and then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Oulu road trip planning app.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Oulu in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mariehamn in October, expect Oulu to be a bit cooler, temps between 6°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."