13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
3
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Mariehamn
5
Mariehamn
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Turku
— 1 night
Fly

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Helsinki

— 4 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, make a trip to Senate Square, and browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 2 hours. In September in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 9:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

For reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip builder website.

You can fly from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 10:

Koli National Park

— 2 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, then make a trip to Paateri, then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally stroll through Paha-Koli Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, trek along Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, then hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and finally explore the activities along Pielinen.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Koli National Park itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Lappeenranta

— 2 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 13th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder, and then stroll through Lake Saimaa. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum, then stop by Imatran Kalatalo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lappeenranta sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Lappeenranta in 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Mariehamn

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): have fun and explore at The Aland Island Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, take an in-depth tour of Kobba Klintar, then take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, and finally examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Lilla holmen, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then look for all kinds of wild species at Getabergen, and finally steep yourself in history at Salis Batteri.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn online road trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Lappeenranta to Mariehamn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 17th (Fri), gain insight at Turku Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield.

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Getting from Mariehamn to Turku by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Turku are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

Aland Island travel guide

3.8
Specialty Museums · Military Museums · Historic Sites
There are many things that distinguish the autonomous Aland Islands from the rest of Finland, including the fact that they have their own parliament, issue their own stamps, and speak Swedish as the official language. The archipelago, situated in the Gulf of Bothnia, includes over 6,000 islands, of which about 80 are inhabited. Many of the area's dining and accommodation options can be found on the picturesque main island, where 90 percent of the population resides. Natural beauty and an assortment of historical buildings make the islands an attractive holiday option. With a very flat landscape, cycling is one of the most popular, efficient, and enjoyable ways to get around. Regular ferries hop between the isles.