14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
Inari
— Few hours
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
End: Helsinki

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Room Escape Games. Pack the 14th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, shop like a local with Hakaniemi Market, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and make a trip to Senate Square.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Helsinki. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Theme Parks, #Historic Sites, #Museums
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): go for a walk through Ankkapurha Culture Park, let the kids burn off some steam at Katariina Seaside Park, and then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, then wander the streets of Stromforsin ruukki, and then hike along Santalahti Nature Trail.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kotka trip maker site .

Getting from Helsinki to Kotka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Beaches

Side Trips

Stromforsin ruukki, Ankkapurha Culture Park
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Ankkapurha Culture Park ©
Ankkapurha Culture Park

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night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna day trip planner.

You can drive from Kotka to Savonlinna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, head outdoors with Karhunkierros, then look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and finally experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. On your second day here, stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, then take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Kuusamo trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

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hours
Inari

Inari ©
On the 20th (Mon), go for a walk through Otsamo Fell, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Inari trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Kuusamo to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Inari are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Inari

#Museums, #Historic Sites
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Siida ©
Siida
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 21st (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilla holmen, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Wiklof Holding Arena, then step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, then see the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, and finally take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Mariehamn takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Inari in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Mariehamn. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

#Museums, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Room Escape Games

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night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 23rd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Turku trip planner .

Fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Tours
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

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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 24th (Fri): try out the rides at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Tampere

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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

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