15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: North Bay
Fly:  22​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
3
Rauma
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
7
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: North Bay

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Rock Church and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Helsinki University Museum (Helsingin Yliopiston Museo), explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip website .

North Bay, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from North Bay to Helsinki. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

2
nights
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 8th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take an in-depth tour of Emil Aaltosen Museo. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Tampere

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

1
night
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. On the 10th (Fri), brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Old Town Hall Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, then visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rauma trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Rauma takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Rauma can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

Historic Sites Museums
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, then examine the collection at Sibeliusmuseum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and finally delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Keep things going the next day: let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, and finally learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Rauma to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

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

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 13th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and finally take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn sightseeing planner.

Getting from Turku to Mariehamn by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kastelholm Castle, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): witness the site of a historic battle at Salpa Line, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Kolovesi National Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna online trip itinerary planner .

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. July in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki, Kolovesi National Park, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids. On the next day, head outdoors with Karhunkierros and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kuusamo tour planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kuusamo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. July in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

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