12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
train:  1​h 45​min
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Oulu
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 day
train:  5​h
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights
End: Helsinki

2
nights
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 7th (Sat): examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): learn about all things military at Parola Tank Museum, then examine the collection at Museo Militaria, then examine the collection at Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere sightseeing planner .

Helsinki to Tampere is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. September in Tampere sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Spas Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Parola Tank Museum, The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo)
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Parola Tank Museum ©
Parola Tank Museum

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 10th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and then browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Turku online trip planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 12th (Thu), examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and finally step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, Kastelholm Castle
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

1
night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, and finally steep yourself in history at Kauppahalli.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Oulu sightseeing tool .

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Oulu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli

1
day
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 (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip planner .

You can fly from Oulu to Savonlinna in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

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

4
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 historical perspective at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hakaniemi Market and Hiidenvuori. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Linden Esplanade (in Kotka), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, wander the streets of Katajanokka, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Helsinki sightseeing website .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Helsinki are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Linden Esplanade, Nuuksio National Park, Hiidenvuori
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

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