15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: New York City
Drive + Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
5
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): browse for treasures at Antikbutiken, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, and finally examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn driving holiday planner.

New York City, USA to Mariehamn is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from New York City to Mariehamn, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, expect Mariehamn to be little chillier, temps between 68°F and 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Shopping

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Turku Castle and Old Rauma. Your inner history buff will appreciate Turku Cathedral and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery A, and make a trip to Naantali Old Town.

To find out how to plan a trip to Turku, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Mariehamn to Turku by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Pori day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Pori, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach
Kauppakeskus Puuvilla ©
Kauppakeskus Puuvilla

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from 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: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, view the masterpieces at Haihara Art Centre, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Suolijarvi Beach.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip tool .

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

2
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, then pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rautjarven kirkko, buy something for everyone on your list at IsoKristiina, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savitaipale Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lemin kirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ristikankaan kappeli.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta vacation builder .

Take a train from Tampere to Lappeenranta in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Savitaipale Church, Imatra Waterfall, Rautjarven kirkko
Highlights from your plan
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Ungern and Rosen Fortresses are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Mannerheim Museum and Cathedral of Porvoo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Porvoo (Brunberg Candy Factory Shop & Porvoo Old Town). There's much more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, make a trip to SkyWheel Helsinki, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and view the masterpieces at CraftCorner.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool .

You can take a train from Lappeenranta to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park, Ungern and Rosen Fortresses
Highlights from your plan
Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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