15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
3
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
8
Inari
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Lisbon

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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 4th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti). On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

Plan trip to Helsinki with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Lisbon, Portugal to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Lisbon to Helsinki. When traveling from Lisbon in September, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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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 6th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Turku day trip planning website .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

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Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Pori visit planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

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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.
On the 8th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lempukka Beach, step off the mainland to explore Malonsaari, then head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot, pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Imatra trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Pori to Imatra in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Imatra sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Lappeenranta
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Imatra to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): stroll through Hiukka and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Venajanhiekka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hiidenportti National Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sotkamo holiday planning app .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Sotkamo in 4.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Sotkamo can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Venajanhiekka
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then hike along Kiutakongas Rapids. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the stunning scenery at Julma Olkky and then head outdoors with Karhunkierros.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo trip maker website .

Drive from Sotkamo to Kuusamo in 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

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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 15th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, examine the collection at Siida, and then get a tailor-made plan with Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Inari driving holiday tool .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Kuusamo to Inari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Inari, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church