9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  21 h
End: Ottawa

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.
Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop and Hakaniemi Market. Step out of Helsinki to go to Porvoo and see Cathedral of Porvoo, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), wander the streets of Katajanokka, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Helsinki online trip builder.

Ottawa, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Helsinki is 7 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Ottawa in June: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 26th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Tampere are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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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 27th (Sat): examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli. On the next day, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku day trip planning site.

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 29th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, and finally explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mariehamn journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården ©

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