7 days in Finland Itinerary

7 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour itinerary planner

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Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Cathedral of Porvoo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Porvoo Old Town. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Mannerheim Museum, appreciate the history behind Aleksis Kiven patsas, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and don't miss a visit to Rumba Patsas.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip planning site.

Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Chicago to Helsinki. Traveling from Chicago in August, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 69°F and 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours

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Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 15th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle.

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Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites
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Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Haihara Art Centre.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Tampere travel website.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get curious at Science Centre Pilke and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Tampere, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites
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Finland travel guide

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Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."