8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  30​h
1
Hamina
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Auckland

1
day
Hamina

Hamina ©
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Town Hall, take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and finally learn about all things military at Bunker Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Hamina trip planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Hamina is an approximately 30-hour flight. Traveling from Auckland to Hamina, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 6°C in Hamina. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Hamina

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Bunker Museum
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Bunker Museum ©
Bunker Museum
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna vacation builder .

You can drive from Hamina to Savonlinna in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 1st (Sat), contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Louhisaari Manor, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Turku day trip app .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Turku in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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 (Mon): admire the striking features of Rock Church, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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