13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Imatra
— 1 night
train + Fly:  5​h
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Inari
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Lisbon

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, then make a trip to Pikkukirkko, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna travel itinerary planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Savonlinna is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Lisbon in July, with highs in Savonlinna at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Malonsaari, step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, and then admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Imatra tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Imatra by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July in Imatra, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Lappeenranta
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Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 23rd (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Imatra to Mariehamn in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. July in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can 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 24th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Turku tour itinerary tool .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. July in Turku sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Siida, then relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then experience rural life at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Turku to Inari takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Turku in July, expect nights in Inari to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Hietaranta Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland, and admire the masterpieces at Design Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
The National Museum of Finland ©
The National Museum of Finland

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