8 days in Finland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

8 days in Finland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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8 days in Finland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Turku
— 1 day
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Hamina
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Atlanta

1
day
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 11th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Turku trip itinerary planning app .

Atlanta, USA to Turku is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Turku is 7 hours. Traveling from Atlanta in December, expect nights in Turku to be slightly colder, around 25°F, while days are much colder, around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
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 12th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vanha Kirkko, pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To see photos and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere online trip builder .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December in Tampere, expect temperatures between 31°F during the day and 22°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites Museums
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Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolovesi National Park.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna road trip planner .

Getting from Tampere to Savonlinna by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 29°F, while at night they dip to 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hamina.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

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

1
night
Hamina

Hamina ©
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): deepen your knowledge of military history at Main Building of Military School, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marian Kirkko, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Bunker Museum, and finally make a trip to Hamina Town Hall.

Start your trip to Hamina by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Hamina in 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°F, and evening lows to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Hamina

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bunker Museum, Kotka Church
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St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church
Marian Kirkko ©
Marian Kirkko
Main Building of Military School ©
Main Building of Military School

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.
On the 16th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip planning app .

You can drive from Hamina to Helsinki in 2 hours. Traveling from Hamina in December, you will find days in Helsinki are a bit warmer (37°F), and nights are about the same (27°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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