12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
train:  6​h
1
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Kimito Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Vienna

1
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 29th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko and then step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island.

Before you visit Imatra, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

St. Petersburg, Russia to Imatra is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Imatra due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

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

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 30th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Riihisaari.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna vacation planner .

Getting from Imatra to Savonlinna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerimaki, Siikalahti Wetland
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Riihisaari ©
Riihisaari

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre and then identify plant and animal life at The Predator Center in Kuusamo.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Wildlife Museums
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2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurjenrahka National Park, explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally trek along The Archipelago Trail.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Turku travel app .

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Turku takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

3
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a stroll along the water at Helsingholm Guest Harbour, identify plant and animal life at Oro, and then get engrossed in the history at Soderlangvik.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kimito Island online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Turku to Kimito Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Bengtskar Lighthouse
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Bengtskar Lighthouse ©
Bengtskar Lighthouse
Oro ©
Oro

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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 6th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Helsinki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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