8 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Manchester
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get lost in a book at Turku City Library, then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally gain insight at Turku Cathedral.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary maker tool.

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 Standard Time is 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Manchester in September since evenings lows in Turku dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

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

1
night
Pori

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

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Pori trip maker.

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Pori are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach
Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo ©

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Tampere are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko, pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take a tour of S/S Salama.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

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

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 discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The Aalto House. Get some historical perspective at Mannerheim Museum and Koningstedt Manor (Konigstedtin Kartano). Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala) and Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Castle Hill). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, stop by Katajanokka, hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Johannes Church.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki travel planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Porvoo, Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum
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Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
The Aalto House ©
The Aalto House

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