15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
3
Inari
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
5
Kouvola
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  4​h
6
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
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 2nd (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Hill, then admire the striking features of Cathedral of Porvoo, and finally don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planning app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. In September, Helsinki is little chillier than Johannesburg - with highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and then explore the striking landscape at Julma Olkky. On the next day, take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kuusamo trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Kuusamo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in September, expect Kuusamo to be little chillier, temps between 13°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) 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
Safaris
Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky

1
day
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then examine the collection at Siida, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Inari trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Inari sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 7th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally make a trip to Pikkukirkko.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip planner .

You can fly from Inari to Savonlinna in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum, then take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then hike along Hiidenvuori, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Kouvola day trip tool .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kouvola in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 10th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): contemplate the long history of The Maritime Quarter, steep yourself in history at Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, then steep yourself in history at Salis Batteri, and finally examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kouvola to Mariehamn in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In September in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Aland Island, Kastelholm Castle, Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Cathedral and Archangel Michael's church. Change things up with a short trip to Teijo national park in Pernio (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, get engrossed in the history at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, and learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Turku are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Teijo National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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