13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Chicago

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Hakaniemi Market and Market Square Kauppatori. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and National Museum of Finland. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, see the interesting displays at Design Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki online trip itinerary maker .

Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Chicago to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In August, Helsinki is slightly colder than Chicago - with highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): hit the slopes at Ruka, stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kiutakongas Rapids.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Kuusamo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in August; daily highs in Kuusamo reach 63°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

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

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 31st (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip builder tool .

Fly from Kuusamo to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Mariehamn.

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
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kobba Klintar, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mariehamn road trip planning website .

You can fly from Savonlinna to Mariehamn in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. On the next day, browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly and then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Turku are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Archipelago National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik and then identify plant and animal life at Oro.

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

Drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kimito Island are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro
Soderlangvik Manor ©
Soderlangvik Manor

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