23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

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23 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
2
Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Detroit

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Cathedral of Porvoo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kansallisgalleria and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Heureka (in Vantaa), Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo) and Tuusula Church (in Tuusula). And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), browse the exhibits of Mannerheim Museum, admire the striking features of Johannes Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kallio Church.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner .

Detroit, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 7 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Detroit in July, with highs in Helsinki at 71°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Porvoo, Vantaa, Espoo, Tuusula Church
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

4
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Get some cultural insight at Olavinlinna Castle and Savonlinna Cathedral. Discover out-of-the-way places like Maritime Centre Vellamo and Sapokka Water Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lappeenranta: Savitaipale Church (in Savitaipale), St. John's Church (in Hamina) and Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church, and admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta route planner.

Take a train from Helsinki to Lappeenranta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotka, Savonlinna, Repovesi National Park, Savitaipale Church, St. John's Church
Highlights from your plan
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vapriikin Museokeskus and Yyteri Beach. Get some cultural insight at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Spy Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Hame Castle (in Hameenlinna) and Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo (in Pori). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Automobile & Road Museum Mobilia, and make a trip to Nasinneula Tower.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tampere holiday maker app .

You can take a train from Lappeenranta to Tampere in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Pori, Hame Castle, Automobile & Road Museum Mobilia
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Explore hidden gems such as Turku Cathedral and Naantali Old Town. Change things up with a short trip to Old Rauma in Rauma (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, browse the collection at Turku City Library, see the interesting displays at Turku Biological Museum, and browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Turku holiday app .

Getting from Tampere to Turku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

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

3
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Eckerö Post & tullhus, examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, then contemplate the long history of Salis Batteri, and finally identify plant and animal life at Getabergen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, examine the collection at Kastelholm - Open-air Museum, then explore the engaging exhibits at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, then have fun and explore at The Aland Island Art Museum, and finally take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Mariehamn trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aland Island, Getabergen, Kastelholm - Open-air Museum, Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kastelholm - Open-air Museum ©
Kastelholm - Open-air Museum
The Cultural History Museum of Aland ©

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Raahe Museum and Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kierikki Stone Age Centre and Koitelinkoski. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Haukipudas Church, walk around Hupisaaret Park, and examine the collection at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Oulu trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Oulu in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kierikki Stone Age Centre, Haukipudas Church, Raahe Museum, Koitelinkoski
Highlights from your plan
Raahe Museum ©
Raahe Museum
Kierikki Stone Age Centre ©
Kierikki Stone Age Centre
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church

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