9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Porvoo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Punkaharju
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Mariehamn
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
6
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Dubai


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2
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've now added Natura Viva: Nuuksio Forest Lake Trail to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on Natura Viva: Nuuksio Forest Lake Trail, expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Senate Square.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki visit planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dubai in August: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): stroll around Runeberg Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Porvoo, steep yourself in history at Castle Hill, then examine the collection at Porvoo Museum/Holm House, then revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, and finally make a trip to Porvoo Old Town.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Porvoo road trip tool .

You can take a bus from Helsinki to Porvoo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Porvoo sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Porvoo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
Brunberg Candy Factory Shop ©
Brunberg Candy Factory Shop

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 13th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and then browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna road trip app .

You can drive from Porvoo to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Punkaharju.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Market Square ©
Savonlinna Market Square

1
night
Punkaharju

Punkaharju
Punkaharju is a former municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Punkaharju Ridge.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Punkaharju trip planning site .

Getting from Savonlinna to Punkaharju by car takes about an hour. In August, daytime highs in Punkaharju are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Punkaharju

Nature Parks
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1
night
Mariehamn

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Bomarsund, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and then examine the collection at Museumship Pommern. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, then head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, and finally stroll around Lilla holmen.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mariehamn trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Punkaharju to Mariehamn. In August, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You'll set off for home on the 17th (Sat).

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sund
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle
Bomarsund ©
Bomarsund

1
night
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
You've now added Natura Viva: Nuuksio Forest Lake Trail to your itinerary. On the 16th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, then admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and finally get a dose of the wild on Natura Viva: Nuuksio Forest Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Old Market Hall, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then walk around Sibelius Monument.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online trip planner .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Helsinki in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Tours
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The Esplanadi Park ©
The Esplanadi Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kamppi Chapel of Silence ©
Kamppi Chapel of Silence

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