10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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10 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
5
Kouvola
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Charlotte

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 10th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then explore and take pictures at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kuusamo attractions website .

Charlotte, USA to Kuusamo is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Charlotte to Kuusamo. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in September; daily highs in Kuusamo reach 52°F and lows reach 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

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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 12th (Thu): gain insight at Turku Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Turku takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Kuusamo in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Turku: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

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

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Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Archipelago National Park.

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Traveling by car from Turku to Kimito Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park

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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 (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Savonlinna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

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Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 15th (Sun), delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then explore the galleries of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Kouvola vacation planning tool .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kouvola in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Kouvola are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Nuuksio National Park. Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Rock Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and view the masterpieces at Okra.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Kouvola to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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