12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
4
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
6
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
7
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Brussels

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 18th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Turku is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Turku. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Brussels in September: high temperatures in Turku hover around 18°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Nature Parks Beaches
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 19th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Mariehamn vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kobba Klintar ©
Kobba Klintar

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 20th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, indulge your taste buds at Savonlinna Market Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Savonlinna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka and then explore the striking landscape of Venajanhiekka. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Hiidenportti National Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sotkamo trip maker .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Sotkamo in 4.5 hours. In September in Sotkamo, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Venajanhiekka
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, then hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Julma Olkky and then get outside with Karhunkierros.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo trip planner .

Drive from Sotkamo to Kuusamo in 3 hours. In September in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

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 25th (Tue): experience rural life at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, see the interesting displays at Siida, and then trek along Juutua Nature Trail. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Inari road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Kuusamo to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Helsinki tour itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Inari - with highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

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