9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland sightseeing planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Turku
— 1 day
Drive
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Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Savonlinna
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Turku

— 1 day
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 10th (Fri), deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

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Midland, USA to Turku is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 8 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Midland in May, with highs in Turku at 59°F and lows at 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites
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Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

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Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
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Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 12th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

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You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo--about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with Hakaniemi Market.

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Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Helsinki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."