15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  31​h
1
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
2
Inari
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna journey planner.

Sydney, Australia to Savonlinna is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Savonlinna, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Get some cultural insight at Siida and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Step out of the city life by going to Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and Lake Inari. Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Inari sightseeing site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Savonlinna to Inari takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Savonlinna in August: high temperatures in Inari hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Inari

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Nature

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Siida ©
Siida
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 12th (Sun), head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, and finally take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn route planning website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Mariehamn in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Inari in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Mariehamn, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

#Museums, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Popular historic sites such as Turku Cathedral and Abo Akademi are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Old Rauma). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island and make a trip to Archangel Michael's church.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner .

Getting from Mariehamn to Turku by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Rauma, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

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.
Get in touch with nature at Santalahti Nature Trail and Arboretum Mustila. Appreciate the collections at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and National Museum of Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town), Stromforsin ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa) and Linden Esplanade (in Kotka). There's more to do: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria and examine the collection at Design Museum.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip maker app .

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotka, Porvoo, Stromforsin ruukki, Arboretum Mustila
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Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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