11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
Drive:  7 h 15 min
1
Vantaa
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 day
Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Turku
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 45 min
4
Inari
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h 30 min
6
Kuusamo
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h 45 min
7
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
8
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
9
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Vienna

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Vantaa

Vantaa ©
Though technically its own city, Vantaa is considered by many to be a Helsinki suburb, and it is where most visitors land when they fly to Finland.
To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Vantaa online day trip planner .

St. Petersburg, Russia to Vantaa is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Vantaa can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Vantaa

Childrens Museums Museums
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Heureka ©
Heureka

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Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 10th (Mon), try to win big at PAF Casino, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and then examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn road trip website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Vantaa to Mariehamn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Fun & Games Casinos
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
PAF Casino ©
PAF Casino

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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.
For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip planner .

Fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Inari.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites
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Kylamaki Village of Living History ©
Kylamaki Village of Living History
Archangel Michael's church ©
Archangel Michael's church

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Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Siida, relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then experience rural life at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Inari trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Turku to Inari in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Turku in September: high temperatures in Inari hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Inari Reindeer Farm ©
Inari Reindeer Farm
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip builder site .

Getting from Inari to Rovaniemi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Tours Nature
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Safaris

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Find out how to plan Kuusamo trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Take a bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Wildlife
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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 15th (Sat), examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and finally see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna road trip app .

Getting from Kuusamo to Savonlinna by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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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 16th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, then kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Imatra trip site .

Getting from Savonlinna to Imatra by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Imatra, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall

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Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. On the 17th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Lehman, then step off the mainland to explore Haapasaari Island, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Aviation.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotka route planning tool .

You can drive from Imatra to Kotka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Beaches
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Haapasaari Island ©
Haapasaari Island
Museum of Aviation ©
Museum of Aviation
Lehman ©
Lehman

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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 18th (Tue), learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and finally wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip tool .

Drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
The National Museum of Finland ©
The National Museum of Finland

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