8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  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.
On the 29th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere online tour planner.

Valletta, Malta to Tampere is an approximately 9.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Valletta to Tampere. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Valletta in August, with highs in Tampere at 23°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

1
night
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 30th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, enjoy some diversion at Adventure Park, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Turku travel planning tool.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to 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. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, then stroll around Lilla holmen, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then stroll through Kobba Klintar, then see the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, and finally take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mariehamn road trip planning tool.

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

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, Kastelholm Castle, Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum
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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 step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip planner.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Savonlinna in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. 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
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

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): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Hakaniemi Market. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then make a trip to Senate Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online route maker.

Drive from Savonlinna to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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