16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive to Kajaani Airport, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at The Old Town Hall Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, then visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Pori trip planning tool.

Montreal, Canada to Pori is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Montreal to Pori due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in September, things will get slightly colder in Pori: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bellevue Beach and Vepsa Island. Take a break from the city and head to Teijo National Park and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Ruukin kehräämö ja puoti Oy (in Pernio) and Nagu Church (in Nagu). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Abo Akademi.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pori to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 29:

Kimito Island

— 2 nights
On the 29th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Archipelago National Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik Gard and then identify plant and animal life at Oro.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kimito Island trip builder site.

Getting from Turku to Kimito Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. September in Kimito Island sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 1st (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip itinerary website.

Getting from Kimito Island to Savonlinna by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kimito Island in October: highs in Savonlinna hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:

Sotkamo

— 2 nights
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Venajanhiekka and then get outside with Kainuun Vaellustalli. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiukka.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sotkamo online trip maker.

Drive from Savonlinna to Sotkamo in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in October, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:

Helsinki

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kansallisgalleria and Ullanlinna. Change things up with a short trip to Stromforsin Ruukki in Ruotsinpyhtaa (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and stroll through Aurinkolahti Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sotkamo to Helsinki. Traveling from Sotkamo in October, you will find days in Helsinki are a bit warmer (10°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."