9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  18​h 45​min
1
Rauma
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
day
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, examine the collection at Marela Museum House, then brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, then examine the collection at Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rauma day trip planning website .

Washington DC, USA to Rauma is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Rauma, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in August; daily highs in Rauma reach 67°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

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 12th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Turku day trip planner .

Drive from Rauma to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums
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Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tampere visit planner.

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Childrens Museums Theme Parks Parks
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

1
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 14th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Rock Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Get some historical perspective at Fortress of Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park. Pack the 18th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planning site .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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