9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Inari
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Pohjolan toimitalo, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally take a stroll through Katajanokka.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Francisco, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 40°F to lows of 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Neighborhoods Fun & Games
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 1st (Sat), steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Vepsa Island, browse the exhibits of Ett Hem Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In November, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 40°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere travel tool .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Tampere sees daily highs of 31°F and lows of 22°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip planning tool .

You can drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 29°F, while nighttime lows are 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

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night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 6th (Thu), take in the pleasant sights at Otsamo Fell, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read our Inari trip planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Savonlinna to Inari in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In December, Inari is little chillier than Savonlinna - with highs of 21°F and lows of 6°F. On the 7th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

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