11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Turku
— 1 night
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
3
Savonlinna
— 1 day
4
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
5
Kuusamo
— 1 night
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights

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 27th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Vepsa Island and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle.

To find out how to plan a trip to Turku, use our trip itinerary maker.

Newark, USA to Turku is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Turku due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in September, you will find days in Turku are cooler (60°F), and nights are slightly colder (44°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mariehamn trip maker app.

Getting from Turku to Mariehamn by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In September in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Nature · Parks
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kobba Klintar ©
Kobba Klintar

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna itinerary planner.

Fly from Mariehamn to Savonlinna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Venajanhiekka. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hiidenportti National Park.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sotkamo road trip planning website.

Getting from Savonlinna to Sotkamo by car takes about 4.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Venajanhiekka
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids, hit the slopes at Ruka, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kuusamo online trip planner.

You can drive from Sotkamo to Kuusamo in 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

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.
On the 4th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and finally don't miss a visit to Hakaniemi Market. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), stop by Artisaani, look for gifts at Taiga Colors, then hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and finally stop by TeeMaa Tea House.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Helsinki takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kuusamo in October: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 48°F and lows are around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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