7 days in Finland Itinerary
7 days in Finland Itinerary
Train to New York JFK, Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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— 2 nights
— 3 nights
Fly to New York JFK, Train to Philadelphia
Sun, Sep 11 - Sat, Sep 17
Tampere — 1 night
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and finally shop like a local with Valokuvakeskus Nykyaika.
To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tampere trip planner.
Philadelphia, USA to Tampere is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in September, expect Tampere to be cooler, temps between 58°F and 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive 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 13th (Tue): learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, and finally take a stroll through Naantali Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, and then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.
To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip maker site.
Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Turku, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Helsinki.
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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.Explore hidden gems such as Katajanokka and Mannerheim Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip planner.
Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In September in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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Finland travel guide
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."