17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
Imatra
— 1 night
train + Fly:  5​h
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
Inari
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
Pori
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Kimito Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
San Francisco

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online driving holiday planner .

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Imatra.

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#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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.
On the 12th (Fri), head off the coast to Malonsaari, stroll through Lempukka Beach, then head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Imatra trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Helsinki to Imatra by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Imatra are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Imatra

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari

2
days
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 13th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, admire the sheer force of Kiutakongas Rapids, and then hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, and then head outdoors with Karhunkierros.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kuusamo tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Imatra to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Trails, #Parks

Side Trip

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

3
days
Inari

Inari ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and Inari Reindeerfarm. Escape the urban bustle at Lemmenjoki National Park and Juutua Nature Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Inari day trip site .

Getting from Kuusamo to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Inari, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pori.

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
Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

few
hours
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 18th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Pori Art Museum, then kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Pori vacation maker .

Getting from Inari to Pori by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Turku.

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

3
days
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get a sense of the local culture at Turku Castle and Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Teijo national park and Kurjenrahka National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, and get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pori to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

#Nature, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

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

3
days
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Visiting Archipelago National Park and Oro will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Bengtskar Lighthouse and Soderlangvik. Change things up with a short trip to Rosala Viking Centre in Rosala (about 1h 25 min away).

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kimito Island trip planner .

You can drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kimito Island are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kimito Island

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rosala
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro
Soderlangvik ©
Soderlangvik

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