15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
4
Inari
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: San Diego

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turku Cathedral and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vepsa Island and Archangel Michael's church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & The Old Town Hall Museum). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through The Archipelago Trail, don't miss a visit to Naantali Church, get a new perspective on nature at Turku Biological Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Kultaranta Garden.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Turku journey planner .

San Diego, USA to Turku is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 10 hours. Traveling from San Diego in March, things will get cooler in Turku: highs are around 3°C and lows about -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naantali, Rauma
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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 6th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna travel route builder app .

You can drive from Turku to Savonlinna in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In March in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): hit the slopes at Ruka and then identify plant and animal life at Kiutakongas Rapids. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, and then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo online journey planner .

You can fly from Savonlinna to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Savonlinna in March, expect Kuusamo to be a bit cooler, temps between -2°C and -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): experience rural life at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Inari itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Kuusamo to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in March, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Parks

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

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Stromforsin ruukki and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. You'll explore and learn at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

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. In March, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Inari - with highs of 3°C and lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Stromforsin ruukki
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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