16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Chicago
Fly:  12 h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
7
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  23 h 15 min
End: Chicago

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Step off the beaten path and head to Heureka and Room Escape Games. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo--about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip builder website.

Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chicago in June, with highs in Helsinki at 65°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Porvoo Old Town, Heureka
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Lemin kirkko, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, then step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

To find ratings and tourist information, read Lappeenranta trip app.

You can take a train from Helsinki to Lappeenranta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Imatra Waterfall
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 21st (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find photos and tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Linnansaari National Park, Kerimaki Church
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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 23rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Here are some ideas for day two: try out the rides at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tampere online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In June, daytime highs in Tampere are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): have some family-friendly fun at Space Bowling & Billiards, enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, and finally examine the collection at Villa Mairea.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Pori online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Villa Mairea
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Visit Old Rauma and Turku Castle for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, browse the collection at Turku City Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and hike along The Archipelago Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Turku online journey planner.

Drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in June, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naantali, Old Rauma
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Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, then see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mariehamn trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. June in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

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