16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Bologna
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Pori
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
4
Inari
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Imatra
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
8
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Bologna

1
night
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stroll through Archipelago National Park. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik and then deepen your knowledge of military history at Oro.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kimito Island online day trip planner .

Bologna, Italy to Kimito Island is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bologna to Kimito Island is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Bologna in August: high temperatures in Kimito Island hover around 24°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro

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 9th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, explore the world behind art at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Vepsa Island, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Turku sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 11th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), then kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Pori trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Pori sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Pori

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): examine the collection at Siida, then experience rural life at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Lemmenjoki National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Inari road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Pori to Inari takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Pori in August, expect Inari to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Trails

Side Trip

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

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare. On your second day here, experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, head outdoors with Karhunkierros, and then see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

For ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Kuusamo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Trails, #Parks

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 16th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna online itinerary maker .

Fly from Kuusamo to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

2
nights
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
On the 17th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, then head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, and then admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder, trek along Malonsaari, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lempukka Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Imatra planning app .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Imatra in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Imatra

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Saimaa Canal, Kummakivi Boulder
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal

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.
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Hietaranta Beach. Pack the 20th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, see the interesting displays at Mannerheim Museum, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from Imatra to Helsinki by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors
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Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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