14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Inari
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Kotka
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Brussels

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fortress of Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and explore the world behind art at Alvar Aalto's studio.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki route builder site .

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Brussels in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Helsinki, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 20th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then stroll through Vepsa Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and finally hike along The Archipelago Trail.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Turku travel planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Turku

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
On the 22nd (Sat), get a tailor-made plan with Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Inari road trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Turku to Inari in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Turku in September, things will get slightly colder in Inari: highs are around 13°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

#Outdoors, #Museums, #Wildlife
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Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Siida ©
Siida

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kuusamo journey tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Kuusamo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip maker tool .

You can fly from Kuusamo to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
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. On the 27th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa and then don't miss a visit to Stromforsin ruukki. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lehman, then hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, then make a trip to Linden Esplanade, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kotka online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kotka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Ruotsinpyhtaa, Arboretum Mustila, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry