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.
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Hakaniemi Market, don't miss a visit to Market Square Kauppatori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and look for gifts at Marimekko.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Helsinki travel route planning app .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Chicago to Helsinki. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chicago in August: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 69°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 30th (Thu), fly down the slopes at Ruka, look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Kuusamo day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Kuusamo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, Kuusamo is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to 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.
Kick off your visit 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.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip tool .

You can 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): explore the historical opulence 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.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mariehamn road trip planner .

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. September in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Turku.

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

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 3rd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. On your second day here, browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly and then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planning app .

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 ©
On the 5th (Wed), visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Soderlangvik and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oro.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kimito Island attractions app .

You can drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can 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 ©
Soderlangvik

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