7 days in Finland Itinerary

7 days in Finland Itinerary

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7 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Turku
— 1 day
Fly:  25​h
End: Chicago

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then make a trip to Market Square Kauppatori, and finally browse the range of quality goods at Stockmann's Department Store. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then stop by Taiga Colors, then stop by Marimekko, and finally get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki holiday website .

Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 8 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chicago in August: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 69°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Imatra.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Museums Tours
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Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

1
night
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 14th (Tue): head off the coast to Malonsaari, stroll through Lempukka Beach, then trek along Lammassaari Island, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, 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. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Imatra to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in August, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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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.
On the 16th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Turku road trip planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Turku in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

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

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