8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip builder

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Pori
— 1 night
Drive
4
Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Oslo

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Helsinki

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Porvoo.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip planning website.

Oslo, Norway to Helsinki is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Oslo in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Helsinki. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Escape the urban bustle at Lenholm Conservation Area and Bike Rental - by Carfield. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Rauma (Rauma Art Museum & Old Rauma). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, and get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Turku road trip site.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Herrainpaivat Beach and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pori trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Pori, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 24:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 25:

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."