22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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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
Drive:  2 h
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Mannerheim Museum. Kansallisgalleria and Sinebrychoff Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town) and Kotka (Sapokka Water Garden & Maritime Centre Vellamo). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Helsinki tour itinerary tool.

Wellington, New Zealand to Helsinki is an approximately 31- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Wellington to Helsinki. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Imatra.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Porvoo, Kotka, Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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.
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 find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Imatra trip maker site.

You can take a train from Helsinki to Imatra in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; 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

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Kollaa- Ja Simo Hayha -Museo, Rautjarven kirkko, Taipalsaaren kirkko, Savitaipale Church
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Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall

3
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
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 Tohmajarven kirkko. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Salpa Line and S/S Salama. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Savonlinna: Mekaanisen Musiikin Museo (in Varkaus), Heinaveden kirkko (in Heinavesi) and Punkaharju Ridge (in Punkaharju). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square, take in the exciting artwork at Johanna Oras Art Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, 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

Side Trips

Punkaharju, Mekaanisen Musiikin Museo, Tohmajarven kirkko, Heinaveden kirkko, Salpa Line
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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): 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: see the interesting displays at Eckerö Post & tullhus, don't miss a visit to Bomarsund, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and finally take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mariehamn trip planning tool.

Fly from Savonlinna to Mariehamn in 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
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Turku Cathedral and Kuusisto Bishop's Castle. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Lenholm Conservation Area in Pargas, about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, step aboard Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, browse the collection at Turku City Library, and take a stroll through Naantali Old Town.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Kuusisto Bishop's Castle, Lenholm Conservation Area
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Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
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.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, 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

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Rauma, Koylio
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
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.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, 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 bus; or take a train. 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 Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Rapola Ridge
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko