9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Turku
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Cleveland

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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nuuksio National Park and Katajanokka. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

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Cleveland, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cleveland in October: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 48°F and lows are around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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 16th (Fri): stop by Naantali Old Town, hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral.

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Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Turku are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 17th (Sat), take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

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Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

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

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 18th (Sun), take an exotic tour of Ranua Zoo, see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

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Getting from Tampere to Rovaniemi by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in October, you will find days in Rovaniemi are slightly colder (37°F), and nights are about the same (30°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ranua Zoo, Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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