17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Newark
Fly:  16​h 45​min
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
Inari
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
Newark

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, look for gifts at Taiga Colors, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, and finally make a trip to Hakaniemi Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then admire the striking features of Rock Church, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary app .

Newark, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in August, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between 69°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

2
days
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 26th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Soderlangvik and then expand your understanding of the military at Oro. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kimito Island tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kimito Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Kimito Island, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Oro ©
Oro
Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Soderlangvik ©
Soderlangvik

3
days
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Escape the urban bustle at Teijo national park and Kurjenrahka National Park. Explore hidden gems such as Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku planning site .

Drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Turku

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Kauppakeskus Mylly, Kurjenrahka National Park, Teijo national park
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): head off the coast to Malonsaari, then stroll through Lempukka Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Imatra road trip planner .

You can drive from Turku to Imatra in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari

2
days
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Siikalahti Wetland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna tour planner.

Getting from Imatra to Savonlinna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in August, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Siikalahti Wetland, Kerimaki Church, Linnansaari National Park
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

2
days
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then head outdoors with Karhunkierros, and then see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo road trip planner .

You can fly from Savonlinna to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. While traveling from Savonlinna, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kuusamo, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

2
days
Inari

Inari ©
On the 5th (Wed), examine the collection at Siida, then relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then experience rural life at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Here are some ideas for day two: deepen your understanding of the past and present with Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Inari trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Kuusamo to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Inari can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Akaslompolo.

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

1
day
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get outside with Seven Fells Up, head outdoors with Scandinavian Adventures, and then stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop.

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You can drive from Inari to Akaslompolo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in September, and nighttime lows around 40°F. On the 8th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

#Outdoors, #Shopping
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Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

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