8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedral of Porvoo. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Nuuksio National Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki itinerary website .

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Helsinki is little chillier than San Francisco - with highs of 61°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Wildlife Tours Nature

Side Trips

Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then explore the galleries of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Turku

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

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day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays 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 photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Savonlinna day trip planning site .

Getting from Turku to Savonlinna by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

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
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Ruka and then take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, stroll through Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kuusamo online travel planner .

You can fly from Savonlinna to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. While traveling from Savonlinna, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kuusamo, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka

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