8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Inari
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Turku
— 1 day
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Dubai

1
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 17th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, then pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Savonlinna is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Savonlinna, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Savonlinna is cooler than Dubai - with highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

1
day
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 18th (Tue): experience rural life at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, examine the collection at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Inari tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Savonlinna to Inari in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In September, Inari is little chillier than Savonlinna - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

1
day
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 19th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku day trip app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Turku takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. When traveling from Inari in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Turku: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Beaches Outdoors Nature
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 20th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere planning app .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. September in Tampere sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Tallipihan Suklaapuoti ©
Tallipihan Suklaapuoti

3
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.
On the 21st (Fri), look for gifts at Kankurin Tupa, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, stop by Pien, then stop by Taiga Colors, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, and finally hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Stockmann's Department Store.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online vacation planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
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Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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