15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  18​h
1
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
4
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Ottawa

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then make a trip to Nasinneula Tower, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Keep things going the next day: see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tampere online road trip planner .

Ottawa, Canada to Tampere is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Ottawa to Tampere. In September, Tampere is little chillier than Ottawa - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

2
nights
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 7th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, have fun at Adventure Park, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Turku sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 8th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and then explore and take pictures at Wiklof Holding Arena.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mariehamn travel route tool .

Getting from Turku to Mariehamn by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then hit the slopes at Ruka, and then explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kuusamo online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Mariehamn to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Mariehamn in September, expect Kuusamo to be slightly colder, temps between 13°C and 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm ©

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 11th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, then see Santa Claus Office, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. On your second day here, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, then find something for the whole family at SantaPark, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi journey builder app .

Traveling by bus from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Nature Parks
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas

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night
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 13th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Siida and then relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeerfarm.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Inari trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Inari Reindeer Farm ©
Inari Reindeer Farm
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Inari in September; daily highs in Helsinki reach 19°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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