8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Newark

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 7th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle and then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town and then step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Turku online road trip planner .

Newark, USA to Turku is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Newark in September: highs in Turku hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

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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 9th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Tampere holiday planner .

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 58°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Vaasa trip app .

You can take a train from Tampere to Vaasa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

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 11th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then take a stroll through Katajanokka, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner .

You can fly from Vaasa to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 45°F at night. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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