6 days in Finland Itinerary

6 days in Finland Itinerary

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6 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
train:  3​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
End: St. Petersburg

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Nuuksio National Park. Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki route builder site .

St. Petersburg, Russia to Helsinki is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Turku tour planning tool .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Turku are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tampere journey maker website .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 7th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna day trip site .

Drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

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

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