15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  26​h
1
Kouvola
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
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:  5​h 30​min
5
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 21st (Tue), examine the collection at Kouvola City Museum, take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hiidenvuori, and finally identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marian Kirkko.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kouvola tour itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Kouvola is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. In May in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hamina, Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Hiidenvuori
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 23rd (Thu), examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally make a trip to Pikkukirkko.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Kouvola to Savonlinna by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

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
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, and then hit the slopes at Ruka.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kuusamo trip app .

You can fly from Savonlinna to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Savonlinna in May, with highs in Kuusamo at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
On the 26th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then take a memorable tour with Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Inari trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Kuusamo to Inari in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in May, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

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

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and then step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku route planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Turku takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Inari in May, expect Turku to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): paddle through the water with Archipelago National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Soderlangvik and then identify plant and animal life at Oro.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kimito Island travel route builder tool .

Drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro

2
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.
On the 1st (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then explore the galleries of Mannerheim Museum, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki travel route tool .

Drive from Kimito Island to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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