9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
5
Kouvola
— 1 night
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport

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Helsinki

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The National Museum of Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Heureka. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Porvoo to see Cathedral of Porvoo about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip app.

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in August since evenings lows in Helsinki dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 1 night
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mariehamn trip planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Mariehamn in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or ride a ferry. August in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Nature · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 10:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): pedal to the sights with Bike Rental - by Carfield, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, then get your game on at Moomin World, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Turku trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 13:

Kouvola

— 1 night
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, then examine the collection at Kouvola City Museum, and then hike along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kouvola travel planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Kouvola takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 14:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."