9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Turku Castle. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Rauma and Turku Cathedral. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, and buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary planning site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Turku is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Johannesburg in August: highs in Turku hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

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

1
night
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 11th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tampere vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mannerheim Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The National Museum of Finland. Step out of Helsinki to go to Porvoo and see Cathedral of Porvoo, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, walk around The Esplanadi Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki holiday planning site .

Take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Cathedral of Porvoo
Highlights from your plan
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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