11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  28 h
1
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Imatra
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: Sydney

1
night
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Archipelago National Park.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kimito Island road trip planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Kimito Island is an approximately 28- hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Kimito Island due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kimito Island, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 25th (Wed), get lost in a book at Turku City Library, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Turku day trip planning website.

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids, and then stroll through Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Kuusamo online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Turku to Kuusamo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Kuusamo to Savonlinna by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. July in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

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night
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 30th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Nicholas, then head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, and then admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Imatra day trip site.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Imatra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Imatra, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Imatra

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), then explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and finally find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area. On your second day here, stroll around Sibelius Monument, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then stroll through Hietaranta Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki vacation planning site.

You can take a train from Imatra to Helsinki in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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