9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
train:  3​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Hamina
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: St. Petersburg

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.
Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, wander the streets of Katajanokka, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Helsinki planner .

St. Petersburg, Russia to Helsinki is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. April in Helsinki sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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 9th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Turku trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in April, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

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

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 10th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, then examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, and finally steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip 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. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in April, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Mediamuseo Rupriikki ©
Mediamuseo Rupriikki

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 11th (Thu), stop by Your Piece Of Finland, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online tour planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Tampere in April, plan for little chillier days in Rovaniemi, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Nature Museums Parks
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Your Piece Of Finland ©
Your Piece Of Finland

1
night
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the activities along Pielinen, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Akka-Koli Hill, make a trip to Paateri, and then see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Hamina.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

1
night
Hamina

Hamina ©
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Bunker Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and finally take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamina trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Hamina takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April, daily temperatures in Hamina can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hamina

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Bunker Museum
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Bunker Museum ©
Bunker Museum
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry

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