9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 1 day
2
Turku
— 2 nights
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
5
Inari
— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Pohjolan toimitalo, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, thentest your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally wander the streets of Katajanokka.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip planning app.

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in November: highs in Helsinki hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, thenadmire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, thentake 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 2nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Turku holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around °F in November, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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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): see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, thenkick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in December, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches Parks Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, thenexamine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, thenexplore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally make a trip to Pikkukirkko.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Savonlinna are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): go for a walk through Otsamo Fell, see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Inari trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Savonlinna to Inari in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Savonlinna in December; daily highs in Inari reach °F and lows reach °F. You'll set off for home on the 7th (Fri).

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

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