9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kouvola
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The National Museum of Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo) and Heureka (in Vantaa). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online attractions planner .

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Helsinki when traveling from San Francisco in August, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Heureka, Cathedral of Porvoo
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Kobba Klintar, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mariehamn travel itinerary planner .

Fly from Helsinki to Mariehamn in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Nature Parks
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kobba Klintar ©
Kobba Klintar

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take a spin around town with Bike Rental - by Carfield, browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, then take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and finally gain insight at Turku Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Turku travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 13th (Tue), examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Tampere

Wildlife Parks Fun & Games
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 14th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, examine the collection at Kouvola City Museum, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Kouvola vacation builder tool .

Take a train from Tampere to Kouvola in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

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