8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + train:  7​h 15​min
1
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
train:  2​h
5
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: London

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere online day trip planner .

London, UK to Tampere is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In July in Tampere, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library. On your second day here, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, then buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and then admire the masterpieces at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip planner .

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town

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night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 23rd (Tue), see the interesting displays at S/S Salama, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna itinerary maker .

You can drive from Turku to Savonlinna in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; 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 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Taito Shop Savonlinna ©
Taito Shop Savonlinna

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Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 24th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Lemin kirkko, make a trip to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta journey planner .

Getting from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. July in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Imatra Waterfall
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Hakaniemi Market, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then make a trip to SkyWheel Helsinki, and finally make a trip to Porvoo Old Town. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Porvoo, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), then get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner .

Getting from Lappeenranta to Helsinki by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo

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