20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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20 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  19​h 45​min
Helsinki
— 5 nights
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
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
Mustasaari
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Sao Paulo

6
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.
Visit Fortress of Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. Pack the 7th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Helsinki travel route builder site .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Helsinki is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Helsinki, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in October, expect Helsinki to be much colder, temps between 10°C and 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

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Espoo
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
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Helsinki Cathedral

2
days
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik and then identify plant and animal life at Oro.

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Getting from Helsinki to Kimito Island by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Kimito Island, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Turku.

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#Wildlife, #Parks, #Tours
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Popular historic sites such as Turku Cathedral and Old Rauma are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: The Church of the Holy Cross (in Rauma) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, stroll through Kultaranta Garden, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, and hike along The Archipelago Trail.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Turku attractions planner .

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Turku, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

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Rauma, Kultaranta Garden, Kurjenrahka National Park, Kuusisto Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

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 13th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Imatrankoski Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, then admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum.

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You can drive from Turku to Imatra in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Imatra are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums

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Joutsenon kirkko
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Savonlinna online road trip planner .

You can drive from Imatra to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums

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

2
days
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
On the 15th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Koli National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Koli National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

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Koli Nature Centre Ukko
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Koli Nature Centre Ukko ©
Koli Nature Centre Ukko

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Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mustasaari travel planner .

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Mustasaari takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, daily temperatures in Mustasaari can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Wildlife, #Nature, #Parks

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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

2
days
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 18th (Thu), admire all the interesting features of Lappi Areena, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Mustasaari to Rovaniemi in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Mustasaari in October, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Tours
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum