8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
— 3 nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
— 1 night
— 1 night
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Linton



— 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.
Pack the 17th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and appreciate the history behind Statue of J V Snellmann.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki itinerary website.

Linton, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, and finally see the interesting displays at Kastelholm - Open-air Museum. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on Karingsunds Viltsafari, examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, contemplate the long history of Salis Batteri, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Bomarsund.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mariehamn day trip planning site.

Getting from Helsinki to Mariehamn by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 21st (Wed), take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally gain insight at Turku Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Turku journey planning app.

Getting from Mariehamn to Turku by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

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— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 22nd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum and then find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Tampere, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Childrens Museums
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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."

Aland Island travel guide

Specialty Museums · Military Museums · Historic Sites
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. The archipelago, situated in the Gulf of Bothnia, includes over 6,000 islands, of which about 80 are inhabited. Many of the area's dining and accommodation options can be found on the picturesque main island, where 90 percent of the population resides. Natural beauty and an assortment of historical buildings make the islands an attractive holiday option. With a very flat landscape, cycling is one of the most popular, efficient, and enjoyable ways to get around. Regular ferries hop between the isles.