15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Aland Island
— 1 night
Drive to Mariehamn, Fly to Turku
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Savonlinna
6
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
7
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to San Francisco

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Helsinki — 3 nights

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.
Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at The National Museum of Finland and Kansallisgalleria. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Cathedral of Porvoo in Porvoo--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool.

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 10 hours. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Aland Island.
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Aland Island — 1 night

There are many things that distinguish the autonomous Aland Islands from the rest of Finland, including the fact that they have their own parliament, issue their own stamps, and speak Swedish as the official language.
On the 15th (Fri), take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, then examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Mjuk&Len SPA.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Aland Island trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Aland Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Turku.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): visit Naantali Old Town, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary maker website.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Aland Island to Turku in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. July in Turku sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pori.
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Pori — 2 nights

Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, and finally don't miss a visit to Vanha Raatihuone. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach, and then stroll through Herrainpaivat Beach.

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You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tampere.
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Tampere — 2 nights

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 20th (Wed), learn about all things military at The Parola Armour Museum, find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, and then stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, view the masterpieces at Valokuvakeskus Nykyaika, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

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Drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Tampere are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.
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Savonlinna — 1 night

The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Finnish Forest Museum Lusto, then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

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

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Kouvola.
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Kouvola — 2 nights

Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 23rd (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden and then see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kouvola sightseeing planner.

Drive from Savonlinna to Kouvola in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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Finland travel guide

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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."
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