12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly + train:  8​h 45​min
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

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 16th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere day trip planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Tampere is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Tampere is 2 hours. In July, Tampere is a bit cooler than Lisbon - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 18th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, get a taste of the local shopping with Pori Art Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Villa Mairea.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pori route planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Rauma, Villa Mairea
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Let the collections at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Cathedral and Turku Castle. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, and buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Turku route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Pori to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, then take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn journey planning app .

Getting from Turku to Mariehamn by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kastelholm Castle, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at Mannerheim Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedral of Porvoo and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Cathedral of Porvoo
Highlights from your plan
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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