9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Athens

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

Plan trip to Helsinki with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Athens, Greece to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Athens in August; daily highs in Helsinki reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
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 22nd (Thu): have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. On the next day, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, then steep yourself in history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

2
nights
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 24th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko. On your second day here, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere online tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): get a taste of life in the country at Poro Farmi, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi travel planning website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Tampere in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Angry Birds Park ©
Angry Birds Park
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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