8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Hamina
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Newark

1
day
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 23rd (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the masterpieces at Alvar Aalto's studio, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning website .

Newark, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Newark in May, things will get little chillier in Helsinki: highs are around 60°F and lows about 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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 24th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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 25th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then examine the collection at Suomen Pelimuseo, and finally examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas.

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

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. May in Tampere sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

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

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 26th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, steep yourself in history at Salpa Line, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Kolovesi National Park.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna tour itinerary maker app .

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. May in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Hamina.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Hamina

Hamina ©
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): learn about all things military at Bunker Museum, then see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marian Kirkko.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hamina online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Hamina takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hamina

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bunker Museum, Salpa Line Museum
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Bunker Museum ©
Bunker Museum
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

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