22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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22 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  30​h
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Imatra
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Turku
— 3 nights
6
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Tampere
— 3 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Wellington

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Nuuksio National Park. Kansallisgalleria and Cathedral of Porvoo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Kotka (Sapokka Water Garden & Maritime Centre Vellamo) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Mannerheim Museum, take a stroll through Katajanokka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Johannes Church, and take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip maker website .

Wellington, New Zealand to Helsinki is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Wellington to Helsinki, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Imatra.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotka, Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:
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Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

2
nights
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 7th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Rautjarven kirkko, pause for some serene contemplation at Taipalsaaren kirkko, then examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, then step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Kollaa- Ja Simo Hayha -Museo, then explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Savitaipale Church.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Imatra trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Imatra takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. September in Imatra sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Kollaa- Ja Simo Hayha -Museo, Rautjarven kirkko, Taipalsaaren kirkko, Savitaipale Church
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

3
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Olavinlinna Castle and Heinaveden kirkko. Do some cultural sightseeing at Salpa Line and Tohmajarven kirkko. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Savonlinna: Punkaharju (Johanna Oras Art Gallery & Punkaharju Ridge) and Mekaanisen Musiikin Museo (in Varkaus). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko, pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and see the interesting displays at S/S Salama.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip maker tool .

Getting from Imatra to Savonlinna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Punkaharju, Tohmajarven kirkko, Heinaveden kirkko, Mekaanisen Musiikin Museo, Salpa Line
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Tohmajarven kirkko ©
Tohmajarven kirkko
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, 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 13th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Eckerö Post & tullhus, then contemplate the long history of Bomarsund, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to The Maritime Quarter.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn 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. September in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sund, Eckerö Post & tullhus
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova will appeal to history buffs. Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre will appeal to museum buffs. When in Turku, make a side trip to see Lenholm Conservation Area in Parainen, approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, explore the ancient world of Kuusisto Bishop's Castle, and get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku tour planner .

Getting from Mariehamn to Turku by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Turku are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Lenholm Conservation Area, Naantali Old Town, Kuusisto Bishop's Castle
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:
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Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki, get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, then see the interesting displays at Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Rauma Art Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koylio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koylion Kirkkokari, then get engrossed in the history at Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Herrainpaivat Beach.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Pori trip planner .

Getting from Turku to Pori by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rauma, Koylio
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Koylio Church ©
Koylio Church

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 19th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Rapola Ridge, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, then enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Pori to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Rapola Ridge, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko