8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + train:  7​h
1
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h
4
Hamina
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
5
Inari
— 1 day
6
Kuusamo
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
7
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Manchester

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night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tampere route planner.

Manchester, UK to Tampere is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manchester to Tampere. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Manchester in April; daily highs in Tampere reach 8°C and lows reach -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas ©

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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 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Ett Hem Museum, examine the collection at Sibeliusmuseum, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Sibeliusmuseum ©
Sibeliusmuseum
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, then steep yourself in history at Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and finally take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mariehamn online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hamina.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, Kastelholm Castle
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Kobba Klintar ©
Kobba Klintar
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

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Hamina

Hamina ©
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Town Hall, then learn about all things military at Bunker Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamina trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mariehamn to Hamina. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Hamina

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kotka, Bunker Museum
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Hamina Town Hall ©
Hamina Town Hall
Bunker Museum ©
Bunker Museum

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Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): go for a walk through Otsamo Fell, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Inari trip builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hamina to Inari. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Hamina in May, with highs in Inari at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 6th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then hit the slopes at Ruka, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kuusamo sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Inari to Kuusamo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka

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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 7th (Tue), take a stroll through Ullanlinna, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally wander the streets of Katajanokka.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kuusamo in May, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between 18°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Ullanlinna ©
Ullanlinna

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