22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Imatra
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Wellington International Airport

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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The National Museum of Finland. Kansallisgalleria and Maritime Centre Vellamo will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Sapokka Water Garden (in Kotka). Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, visit Katajanokka, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Wellington, New Zealand to Helsinki is an approximately 30-hour flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Wellington to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:

Imatra

— 2 nights
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.
On the 7th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rautjarven kirkko, pause for some serene contemplation at Taipalsaaren kirkko, examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, then explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Kollaa- Ja Simo Hayha -Museo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Savitaipale Church.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Imatra trip maker site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Imatra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. September in Imatra sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

Savonlinna

— 3 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Olavinlinna Castle and Savonlinna Cathedral. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Salpa Line and Paaskylahden kirkko. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Savonlinna: Tohmajarven kirkko (in Tohmajarvi), Mekaanisen Musiikin Museo (in Varkaus) and Heinaveden kirkko (in Heinavesi). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square, explore the striking landscape at Punkaharju Ridge, and see the interesting displays at S/S Salama.

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

Traveling by car from Imatra to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then walk around Lilla holmen, then have fun and explore at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, and finally have fun and explore at The Aland Island Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Bomarsund, see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and then take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn online journey planner.

You can fly from Savonlinna to Mariehamn in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get some cultural insight at Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. When in Turku, make a side trip to see Lenholm Conservation Area in Pargas, approximately Pargas away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, explore the historical opulence of Kuusisto Bishop's Castle, and wander the streets of Naantali Old Town.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Turku trip planning tool.

Fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. September in Turku sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:

Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, then examine the collection at Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, and finally stroll through Yyteri Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Rauma Art Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koylio Church, contemplate the long history of Koylion Kirkkokari, then get engrossed in the history at Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo, and finally stroll through Herrainpaivat Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Pori sightseeing planner.

Drive from Turku to Pori in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Rapola Ridge, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, then take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, and finally stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere day trip site.

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Tampere, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:

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."