12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Pori
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Montreal

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.
Do your shopping at Hakaniemi Market and Market Square Kauppatori. Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, browse the range of quality goods at Stockmann's Department Store, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Hietaniemi Cemetery.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Helsinki attractions planner.

Montreal, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Montreal to Helsinki. Traveling from Montreal in September, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get some cultural insight at Turku Cathedral and St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel. Venture out of the city with trips to Hanko (Pike's Gut & Bellevue Beach). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Vepsa Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Turku vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Hanko
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, examine the collection at Villa Mairea, and then kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Pori road trip planning website .

Getting from Turku to Pori by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Pori

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Rauma, Villa Mairea
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

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 20th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Pori to Savonlinna in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. September in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Museums

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, trek along Kiutakongas Rapids, and then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Julma Olkky.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Kuusamo trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Savonlinna in September: highs in Kuusamo hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

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