15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Imatra
— 1 night
6
Kouvola
— 2 nights
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Kansas City

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Escape the urban bustle at Kiutakongas Rapids and Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Riisitunturi National Park and Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre and stop by Shopping Center Kumpare.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo online vacation planner .

Kansas City, USA to Kuusamo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Kuusamo is 8 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Kansas City in August: high temperatures in Kuusamo hover around 63°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, Riisitunturi National Park
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku journey tool .

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Turku takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Wildlife Nature Outdoors
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planner .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 23rd (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Kolovesi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, explore the striking landscape at Punkaharju Ridge, don't miss a visit to The Parikkala Sculpture Park, then identify plant and animal life at Siikalahti Wetland, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip planner .

You can drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parikkala, Kolovesi National Park, Punkaharju Ridge
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Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
The Parikkala Sculpture Park ©
The Parikkala Sculpture Park

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night
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
On the 25th (Sun), head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, hike along Malonsaari, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Imatra day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Imatra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Imatra sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Imatra

Nature Parks Trails
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum, then delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenvuori, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kouvola tour planner .

Traveling by train from Imatra to Kouvola takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Hiidenvuori
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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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 discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Room Escape Games. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Hakaniemi Market, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and stroll the grounds of Hietaniemi Cemetery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Kouvola to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town

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