8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Rome

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 15th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

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Rome, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Helsinki is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in July: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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 18th (Thu): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, 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 find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna online travel route builder .

Drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In July in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiutakongas Rapids.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kuusamo tour itinerary builder .

Fly from Savonlinna to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Safaris
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm ©

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 20th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Turku visit planner .

Getting from Kuusamo to Turku by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

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

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tampere online route planner .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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