8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Nuuksio National Park and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Teijo National Park (in Pernio), Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo (in Jarvenpaa) and Bellevue Beach (in Hanko). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip planner.

Shanghai, China to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Shanghai in May, you will find days in Helsinki are a bit cooler (18°C), and nights are cooler (7°C). On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."