11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Dusseldorf

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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 Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kaivopuisto, make a trip to Maternal Love Sculpture (Aidinrakkaus), shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki online travel route planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dusseldorf to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Dusseldorf in July: highs in Helsinki hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Herb Garden Redoubt, admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, and then see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kouvola online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kouvola in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kouvola are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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 (Sun): appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take a tour of S/S Salama.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Kouvola to Savonlinna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 1 night
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): stroll around Lilla holmen, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, and finally examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mariehamn road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Mariehamn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. July in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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 27th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and then make a trip to Naantali Old Town. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then examine the collection at Turku Biological Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip itinerary maker app.

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 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Tampere

— 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 29th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Tampere online tour planner.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Tampere are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."