16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
2
Mustasaari
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): look for gifts at Marttiini Store Old Factory, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi vacation planning site.

Ottawa, Canada to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 30 — 31:

Mustasaari

— 2 nights
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. On the 1st (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mustasaari planning website.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Mustasaari takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In August, daytime highs in Mustasaari are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Nature · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 2:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko and then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

Plan trip to Savonlinna with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Mustasaari to Savonlinna in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 3:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the wide array of 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, then stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Suolijarvi Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tampere journey maker site.

Getting from Savonlinna to Tampere by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Tampere, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): look for gifts at Patakirppis, enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Pori tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Pori takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Pori are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

Turku

— 2 nights
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 7th (Fri): get your bearings at Turku City Library, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally get your game on at Moomin World. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 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 · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

Helsinki

— 5 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Helsinki route maker site.

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Helsinki are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 13:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."