8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Ruotsinpyhtaa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Turku
— 1 day
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 1 night
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

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 24th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, contemplate the long history of Fortress of Suomenlinna, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary maker app .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ruotsinpyhtaa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

2
nights
Ruotsinpyhtaa

Ruotsinpyhtaa ©
Ruotsinpyhtää is a former municipality of Finland. On the 27th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Main Building of Military School, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marian Kirkko, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa, and finally don't miss a visit to Stromforsin ruukki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail, take in the pleasant sights at Linden Esplanade, contemplate the long history of St. John's Church, then admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Fortress, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ruotsinpyhtaa tour planning tool .

You can drive from Helsinki to Ruotsinpyhtaa in 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Ruotsinpyhtaa reach -1°C and lows reach -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Ruotsinpyhtaa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Trails

Side Trips

Hamina, Kotka, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa ©
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 29th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, steep yourself in history at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna vacation site .

You can drive from Ruotsinpyhtaa to Savonlinna in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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 30th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, then explore the galleries of Turku Castle, then browse the exhibits of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Turku trip tool .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Turku takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

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

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 31st (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tampere road trip website .

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 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

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

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