16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
2
Turku
— 3 nights
3
Kotka
— 3 nights
4
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Porvoo to see Porvoo Old Town about 50 minutes away. Pack the 24th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, make a trip to Market Square Kauppatori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and shop like a local with Old Market Hall.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki sightseeing planner.

Alicante, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, Helsinki is slightly colder than Alicante - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Turku Castle and Bengtskar Lighthouse. When in Turku, make a side trip to see ArtBank in Pargas, approximately Pargas away. The adventure continues: get lost in a book at Turku City Library, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

ArtBank, Bengtskar Lighthouse
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sapokka Water Garden and Statue of Varvara Shantina. Take a break from Kotka with a short trip to Tykkimaki Amusement Park in Kouvola, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Haapasaari Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, admire the landmark architecture of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and contemplate the long history of Hamina Town Hall.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kotka trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Kotka sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hamina, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Tykkimaki Amusement Park
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Tykkimaki Amusement Park ©
Tykkimaki Amusement Park
Haapasaari Island ©
Haapasaari Island

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 2nd (Tue), make a trip to Pikkukirkko, thenexamine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Punkaharju Ridge. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

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

You can drive from Kotka to Savonlinna in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. On the 4th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Linnansaari National Park, Punkaharju Ridge, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 5th (Fri), see Santa Claus Office, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi day trip planning site.

You can fly from Savonlinna to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Museums
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office