9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turku Castle and Old Rauma. Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, delve into the distant past at Kuusisto Bishop's Castle, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and get your bearings at Turku City Library.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Turku is an approximately 21-hour flight. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Turku, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, and then look for gifts at Patakirppis.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Pori trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Pori by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
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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 12th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tampere road trip planner.

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites
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Helsinki

— 3 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.
On the 13th (Thu), learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, and finally look for gifts at Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): admire the striking features of Cathedral of Porvoo, revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and finally get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland.

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You can drive from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."