16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+2
train + bus + Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Mustasaari
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Helsinki
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  14​h
End: Ottawa

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 30th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online trip maker .

Ottawa, Canada to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Ottawa to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in August; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

2
nights
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mustasaari day trip planning website .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Mustasaari in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daytime highs in Mustasaari are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna road trip site .

Traveling by car from Mustasaari to Savonlinna takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. September in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 3rd (Mon), browse the range of quality goods at City Sokos and then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vanha Kirkko, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Suolijarvi Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tampere road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Tampere are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Childrens Museums Theme Parks
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 6th (Thu), stop by Patakirppis, kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Pori driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum
Patakirppis ©
Patakirppis

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 7th (Fri), browse the collection at Turku City Library, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and finally have fun at Moomin World. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Turku road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

5
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.
Pack the 10th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Helsinki online trip maker .

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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