9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  15 h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Seattle

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Popular historic sites such as Temppeliaukio Church and Kamppi Chapel of Silence are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

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Seattle, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Seattle to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Seattle in August: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 69°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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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 19th (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, then brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

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Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre ©
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre

1
night
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 21st (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To see maps and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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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 22nd (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo, relax in the rural setting at Poro Farmi, and then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Santa Claus Office and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in August, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Fishing Charters & Tours
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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