15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Detroit
Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
Turku
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 45 min
2
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Detroit

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 18th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Louhisaari Manor, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip builder tool.

Detroit, USA to Turku is an approximately 21- hour flight. Traveling from Detroit to Turku, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Detroit in October; daily highs in Turku reach 48°F and lows reach 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kauppakeskus Mylly, Kurjenrahka National Park, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

Before you visit Inari, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Turku to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Turku in October: high temperatures in Inari hover around 37°F and lows are around 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Inari Reindeer Farm ©
Inari Reindeer Farm

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 22nd (Mon), trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and finally head outdoors with Karhunkierros.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kuusamo trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Inari to Kuusamo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. October in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 24th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, then pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna itinerary builder website.

Getting from Kuusamo to Savonlinna by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kuusamo in October, expect nights in Savonlinna to be about the same, around 34°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Linden Esplanade, then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, and then steep yourself in history at Stromforsin Ruukki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, and then kick back and relax at Lehman.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kotka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daytime highs in Kotka are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, Stromforsin Ruukki, Arboretum Mustila
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Stromforsin Ruukki ©
Stromforsin Ruukki

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.
For shopping fun, head to Hakaniemi Market or Marimekko. Appreciate the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and take a stroll through Ullanlinna.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from Kotka to Helsinki by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. October in Helsinki sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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