5 days in Finland Itinerary

5 days in Finland Itinerary

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5 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Hamina
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: San Francisco


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day
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip app .

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki. Expect much colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Helsinki hover around 37°F, while lows dip to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Turku sees daily highs of 34°F and lows of 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel ©
St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 29th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Savonlinna trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Turku to Savonlinna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Turku in December: high temperatures in Savonlinna hover around 29°F and lows are around 20°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hamina.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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Hamina

Hamina ©
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Mansikkalahti, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marian Kirkko, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hamina trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Savonlinna to Hamina by car takes about 3 hours. December in Hamina sees daily highs of 30°F and lows of 22°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hamina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Beach Mansikkalahti
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Beach Mansikkalahti ©
Beach Mansikkalahti
Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral ©
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

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