11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Tampere
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Nairobi

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The National Museum of Finland. Step off the beaten path and head to Nuuksio National Park and Kansallisgalleria. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Porvoo (Fredrika Runebergs Park, Cathedral of Porvoo, & more). There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, and don't miss a visit to SkyWheel Helsinki.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning tool .

Nairobi, Kenya to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nairobi to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Imatra.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

1
night
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): learn about all things military at Kollaa- Ja Simo Hayha -Museo, pause for some serene contemplation at Rautjarven kirkko, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lempukka Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Imatra online vacation planner .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Imatra takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. July in Imatra sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Kollaa- Ja Simo Hayha -Museo, Rautjarven kirkko
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Kollaa- Ja Simo Hayha -Museo ©
Kollaa- Ja Simo Hayha -Museo
Rautjarven kirkko ©
Rautjarven kirkko

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 17th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, see the interesting displays at S/S Salama, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna tour site .

Traveling by car from Imatra to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, then stroll around Lilla holmen, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mariehamn route maker website .

You can fly from Savonlinna to Mariehamn in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kastelholm Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

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 19th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Turku Biological Museum, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and then see the interesting displays at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Turku road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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