16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Aalborg
Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
1
Rauma
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Inari
— 2 nights
6
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Aalborg

1
day
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Old Town Hall Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, then visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rauma tour planner .

Aalborg, Denmark to Rauma is an approximately 20-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Aalborg to Rauma is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

Historic Sites Museums
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

2
nights
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 10th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Turku road trip site .

You can drive from Rauma to Turku in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

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

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 12th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. July in Tampere sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, make a trip to Porvoo Old Town, then admire the striking features of Cathedral of Porvoo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Hill, and finally contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nuuksio National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Tampere to Helsinki by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Museums

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
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 16th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, see the interesting displays at Siida, and then relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Inari trip builder website .

Getting from Helsinki to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in July, expect Inari to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 18th (Thu), stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, head outdoors with Karhunkierros, and then experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo visit planning website .

Getting from Inari to Kuusamo by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna online tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. July in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

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
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 21st (Sun), examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and finally take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilla holmen.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mariehamn sightseeing planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Mariehamn by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, Kastelholm Castle, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

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