8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Pori
— 1 night
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  21​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo, about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary site .

New York City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. In August, Helsinki is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

1
night
Tampere

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tampere day trip website .

Take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Spas Parks Museums
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Spas
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, get engrossed in the history at Rosenlew Museum, and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Pori driving holiday planning site .

Drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Rosenlew Museum ©
Rosenlew Museum

2
nights
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 9th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, browse the collection at Turku City Library, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and finally take a stroll through Naantali Old Town.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Turku vacation planner.

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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