8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Popular historic sites such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Rock Church are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Katajanokka and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip planning site .

Los Angeles, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 37°F and lows about 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Turku.

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 ©
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 25th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Turku trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Turku sees daily highs of 34°F and lows of 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tampere route website .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December in Tampere, expect temperatures between 31°F during the day and 22°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°F in December, and nighttime lows around 20°F. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle

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