8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
3
Pori
— 1 night
Drive
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Katajanokka and Room Escape Games. Change things up with a short trip to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo (about 50 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, make a trip to Hakaniemi Market, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki holiday maker tool.

Denver, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Denver to Helsinki, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Denver in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 2 — 4:

Turku

— 1 night
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 5th (Tue): take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 6th (Wed), enjoy some friendly competition at Space Bowling & Billiards, then make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum, then stroll through Yyteri Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Pori itinerary planner.

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Pori sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Fun & Games
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere travel route planner.

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums
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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."