8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
4
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Linton

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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Pack the 1st (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Helsinki online tour itinerary maker.

Linton, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Linton to Helsinki is 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 3rd (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Kobba Klintar, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, and finally see the interesting displays at Jan Karlsgarden Open Air Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Karingsunds Viltsafari, examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, then contemplate the long history of Salis Batteri, and finally see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn trip planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Mariehamn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 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.
On the 5th (Thu), wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Turku trip site.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 5:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 6th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum and then find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere tour planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Childrens Museums · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 6:

Finland travel guide

4.2
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."

Aland Island travel guide

3.8
Specialty Museums · Military Museums · Landmarks
There are many things that distinguish the autonomous Aland Islands from the rest of Finland, including the fact that they have their own parliament, issue their own stamps, and speak Swedish as the official language. The archipelago, situated in the Gulf of Bothnia, includes over 6,000 islands, of which about 80 are inhabited. Many of the area's dining and accommodation options can be found on the picturesque main island, where 90 percent of the population resides. Natural beauty and an assortment of historical buildings make the islands an attractive holiday option. With a very flat landscape, cycling is one of the most popular, efficient, and enjoyable ways to get around. Regular ferries hop between the isles.