23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland vacation maker

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Tampere
— 5 nights
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Pori
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 5 nights
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
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Oulu
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 6 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nuuksio National Park and The National Library of Finland. Attractions like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Sapokka Water Garden (in Kotka), Heureka (in Vantaa) and Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). There's much more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, walk around Kaivopuisto, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki travel route tool.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Helsinki is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Riyadh to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Riyadh in September, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 19°C and lows about 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and Vapriikin Museokeskus. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Rauhaniemi Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Holy Cross Church (in Parola), Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, and stroll around Nasi Park.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Pori road trip planning site.

Take a train from Tampere to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In October in Pori, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Attractions like Turku Cathedral and Vaski Adventure Island make great kid-friendly stops. Step off the beaten path and head to Turku Castle and JukuPark Turku. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Turku online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 1 night
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): make a trip to The Maritime Quarter and then find something for the whole family at Smart Park.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mariehamn online attractions planner.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Punkaharjun Kesamaa.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Savonlinna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mariehamn in October: highs in Savonlinna hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, then pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, and then hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli.

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

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Oulu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Oulu sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."