8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly + train:  8​h 30​min
1
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
5
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

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 29th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tampere road trip planner.

Valletta, Malta to Tampere is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of ferry and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Valletta to Tampere. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Valletta in August: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 23°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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 30th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, have fun at Adventure Park, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

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Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilla holmen, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, then examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, and finally take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn tour planning website .

Fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, Kastelholm Castle, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna road trip website .

Fly from Mariehamn to Savonlinna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. September in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip maker site .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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