14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  19​h
1
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  14​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Oro. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kimito Island driving holiday planner.

Washington DC, USA to Kimito Island is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Kimito Island is 7 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in September, things will get much colder in Kimito Island: highs are around 61°F and lows about 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

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

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step out of the city life by going to Teijo national park and Kurjenrahka National Park. Get some historical perspective at Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. When in Turku, make a side trip to see Tulliniemi Nature Path in Hanko, approximately 1h 25 min away.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Turku day trip tool .

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Turku are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Teijo National Park, Kurjenrahka National Park, Tulliniemi Nature Path
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, stroll through Kobba Klintar, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mariehamn trip planner.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in October, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum ©
Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Savonlinna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Mariehamn in October, you will find days in Savonlinna are slightly colder (43°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 7th (Sun), trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, trek along Kiutakongas Rapids, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, get outside with Karhunkierros, and then examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kuusamo itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Savonlinna in October, with highs in Kuusamo at 37°F and lows at 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

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.
On the 9th (Tue), learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally stop by Pien. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Design Museum, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Helsinki travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kuusamo in October, things will get a bit warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 48°F and lows about 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

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