22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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22 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Tampere
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Perth

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mannerheim Museum and The Esplanadi Park. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Hvittrask (in Kirkkonummi) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, pause for some photo ops at Sibelius Monument, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Helsinki journey builder site .

Perth, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Helsinki is minus 6 hours. While traveling from Perth, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hvittrask, Porvoo Old Town
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 7:
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Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Forssa Museum and Visavuori. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yyteri Beach and Tampere Cathedral. Take a break from Tampere with a short trip to Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) in Pori, about 1h 50 min away. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, and steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tampere tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; 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 12th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Pori, Visavuori, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Forssa Museum
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 12:
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turku Castle and Louhisaari Manor. Museum-lovers will appreciate Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and The Old Town Hall Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross, Old Rauma, & more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku visit planner .

Getting from Tampere to Turku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rauma, Louhisaari Manor
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 15th (Sat), brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and then explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården.

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Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kastelholm Castle, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 17th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then make a trip to Pikkukirkko, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna online tour planner .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Savonlinna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Get some historical perspective at Lappeen Marian kirkko and The Astuvansalmi rock paintings. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Joutsenon kirkko and Savitaipale Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lappeenranta: Imatra (Church of St. Nicholas & Lammassaari Island). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lappeenranta trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Imatra, The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, Taipalsaaren kirkko, Savitaipale Church
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:
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Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

3
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Salpa Line Museum and Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry and Marian Kirkko are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Kotka to Kouvola to see Pyhan Ristin kirkko about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, and examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip planner .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Kotka sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Pyhan Ristin kirkko, Salpa Line Museum, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Marian Kirkko
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

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