15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  18​h 45​min
Turku
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
Inari
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  15​h 45​min
End: Detroit

2
days
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 18th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Louhisaari Manor, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku online driving holiday planner .

Detroit, USA to Turku is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 7 hours. In October, Turku is slightly colder than Detroit - with highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Turku

#Shopping, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Louhisaari Manor, Kurjenrahka National Park, Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park

2
days
Inari

Inari ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Siida, then relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then get interesting insight from Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Lemmenjoki National Park.

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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 October, things will get slightly colder in Inari: highs are around 37°F and lows about 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Siida ©
Siida
Inari Reindeerfarm ©
Inari Reindeerfarm

2
days
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and finally head outdoors with Karhunkierros.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo road trip planning website .

Getting from Inari to Kuusamo by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 29°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trip

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

2
days
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 24th (Wed), examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, then appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna day trip planner.

Fly from Kuusamo to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Kuusamo, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Savonlinna, ranging from highs of 43°F to lows of 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
days
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 26th (Fri), wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, then hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, and then take a stroll through Stromforsin ruukki. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, and then step off the mainland to explore Lehman.

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You can drive from Savonlinna to Kotka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Kotka, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Stromforsin ruukki, Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral ©

3
days
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 inner history buff will appreciate Fortress of Suomenlinna and Rock Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hakaniemi Market and Stockmann's Department Store. And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and stop by Boss Shop.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Helsinki sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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