12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  13​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

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 7th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki vacation planning site .

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 13-hour combination of bus, tram, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, tram, flight, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in June, expect Helsinki to be cooler, temps between 65°F and 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Tours
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna

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nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Pentik Hill, and then relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kuusamo road trip planning app .

Fly from Helsinki to Kuusamo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in June: high temperatures in Kuusamo hover around 59°F and lows are around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Trails, #Parks

Side Trips

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, Pentik Hill
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Pentik Hill ©
Pentik Hill

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna travel planning tool .

You can fly from Kuusamo to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kuusamo in June, you will find days in Savonlinna are a bit warmer (65°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle

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.
On the 12th (Tue), trek along Lammassaari Island, then step off the mainland to explore Malonsaari, then pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Lappeen Marian kirkko.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Imatra visit planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Imatra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Imatra, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Imatra

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Lappeenranta
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari
Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko

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nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Oro.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Kimito Island online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Imatra to Kimito Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In June in Kimito Island, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Tours
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku tour itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Turku, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park

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