12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
train:  2​h
2
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Jyvaskyla
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Helsinki
— 1 night
End: Helsinki

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then relax in the rural setting at Fallkullan Kotielaintila, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki travel website .

If you are flying in from France, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, then see the interesting displays at Karelian Farmhouse Open Air Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta vacation builder site .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Imatra
Highlights from your plan
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Kauppakeskus Iso Myy and then see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip planner.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Joensuu, Kerimaki Church
Highlights from your plan
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

2
nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 5th (Thu), look for gifts at Punnitse & Saasta, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Central Finland, see the interesting displays at The Alvar Aalto Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Petajavesi Old Church, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: whizz through the canopy at Laajis.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Jyvaskyla attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Jyvaskyla takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Jyvaskyla can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Petajavesi Old Church
Highlights from your plan
The Alvar Aalto Museum ©
The Alvar Aalto Museum
Petajavesi Old Church ©
Petajavesi Old Church

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 7th (Sat), examine the collection at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then take an in-depth tour of Emil Aaltosen Museo, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Nasi Park and then snap pictures at Hameensilta.

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Getting from Jyvaskyla to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In May, daytime highs in Tampere are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo)
Highlights from your plan
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Emil Aaltosen Museo ©
Emil Aaltosen Museo

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 9th (Mon): get lost in a book at Turku City Library, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Uto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): hike along The Archipelago Trail, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planner.

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Uto ©
Uto

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night
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
On the 11th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, identify plant and animal life at Burn Out City Events, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki travel planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma ©
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

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