9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly
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Porvoo
— 1 night

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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Visit Temppeliaukio Church and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum for their historical value. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki driving holiday planning app.

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major aiports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Turku Airport and Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 7th (Wed), wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and then browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Turku journey maker.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 9th (Fri), look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy and then stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Turku in August: highs in Rovaniemi hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Porvoo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

Porvoo

— 1 night
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Porvoo day trip planning website.

Fly from Rovaniemi to Porvoo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Porvoo, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porvoo

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:

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."