8 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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8 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Turku
— 1 night
2
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Manchester

1
night
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 4th (Wed): browse the collection at Turku City Library, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary planner .

Manchester, UK to Turku is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Manchester in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Turku, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, stroll through Yyteri Beach, and then take an in-depth tour of Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo.

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Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

1
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 6th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tampere road trip site .

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Tampere sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko, appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, then pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at S/S Salama.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna driving holiday site .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The Aalto House. Visit Mannerheim Museum and Castle Hill for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo) and Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Johannes Church, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and admire the striking features of Koningstedt Manor (Konigstedtin Kartano).

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki driving holiday website .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Helsinki are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Porvoo, Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum
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Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
The Aalto House ©
The Aalto House

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