12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Inari
— 1 night
3
Kuusamo
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
5
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Detroit

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 15th (Mon), stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly, and then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Turku trip planner.

Detroit, USA to Turku is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Detroit to Turku due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Detroit in October, with highs in Turku at 48°F and lows at 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kauppakeskus Mylly, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park

1
night
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 17th (Wed): take a stroll around The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at Otsamo Fell, see the interesting displays at Siida, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Inari online travel route planner .

Getting from Turku to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Turku in October; daily highs in Inari reach 37°F and lows reach 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos

1
day
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stroll through Ruka, stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo route site .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Kuusamo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

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

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, indulge your taste buds at Savonlinna Market Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna road trip app .

You can fly from Kuusamo to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kuusamo in October, you will find days in Savonlinna are somewhat warmer (43°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, and then wander the streets of Stromforsin ruukki. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Lehman, then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kotka vacation site .

Drive from Savonlinna to Kotka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Kotka, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Stromforsin ruukki, Arboretum Mustila, Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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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.
Shop till you drop at Hakaniemi Market and Market Square Kauppatori. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Ullanlinna. There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Artisaani, and explore the wide array of goods at Stockmann's Department Store.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in October, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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