16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Ankara
bus + Fly:  12​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
End: Ankara

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Auttikongas, see Santa Claus Office, then have fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, get in on the family fun at SantaPark, and then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip maker site .

Ankara, Turkey to Rovaniemi is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, bus, and train; or drive. While traveling from Ankara, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Theme Parks
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm and then hit the slopes at Ruka.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kuusamo online trip itinerary builder .

Take a bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm ©

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, get your bearings at Riihisaari, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Savonlinna day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kuusamo in May, expect nights in Savonlinna to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Mariehamn route planner.

You can fly from Savonlinna to Mariehamn in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kobba Klintar ©
Kobba Klintar

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 11th (Fri): gain insight at Turku Cathedral, let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along The Archipelago Trail and then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku online trip maker .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 13th (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then tour or see a game at Irti Maasta Tampere, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip builder .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Tampere sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Room Escape Games. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki travel planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Helsinki are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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