9 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip maker

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
3
Pori
— 1 night
Drive
4
Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Savonlinna
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
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Oulu
— 1 night
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town) and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa). There's much more to do: stroll around Kaivopuisto, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and get your bearings at Oodi Central Library.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Milan, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Milan to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, Helsinki is little chillier than Milan - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:

Turku

— 1 night
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 22nd (Sun): trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, explore the galleries of Turku Castle, then brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Turku road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 22:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get outside with Yyterin Nakotorni and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Pori trip maker website.

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August in Pori, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 23:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): look for gifts at Hameenkatu, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip planning website.

Getting from Pori to Tampere by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 24:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and then browse the exhibits of S/S Salama.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip itinerary 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 August, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can fly to Oulu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 25:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Oulu trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Savonlinna to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Oulu are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 26: