14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Drive:  15​h 45​min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
2
Imatra
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Inari
— 2 nights
4
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. On the 19th (Mon), wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, then see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum, and then brush up on your military savvy at Bunker Museum. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Santalahti Nature Trail and then head off the coast to Lehman.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kotka visit planner.

Minneapolis, USA to Kotka is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Kotka is 8 hours. Traveling from Minneapolis in March, you will find days in Kotka are a bit cooler (35°F), and nights are about the same (23°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Salpa Line Museum, Bunker Museum
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Bunker Museum ©
Bunker Museum
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, don't miss a visit to Lappeen Marian kirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, then head off the coast to Malonsaari, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Imatra trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Imatra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Imatra sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 26°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lappeenranta
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko

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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 23rd (Fri): examine the collection at Siida, experience rural life at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then get a dose of the wild on Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Inari trip planner.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle from Imatra to Inari in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Imatra in March, things will get little chillier in Inari: highs are around 29°F and lows about 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Museums
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Kiutakongas Rapids, stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruka. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre and then relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kuusamo trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Kuusamo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 28°F during the day and 12°F at night. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

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nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Archangel Michael's church. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Vepsa Island, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail, and let little ones run wild at Adventure Park.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Turku travel planning tool .

You can fly from Kuusamo to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Kuusamo in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Turku: highs are around 38°F and lows about 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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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 30th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and finally take a stroll through Ullanlinna.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki tour builder site .

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 23°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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