16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

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

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.
On the 31st (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): stroll through Nuuksio National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip maker .

Milan, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. In July, Helsinki is a bit cooler than Milan - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks 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
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, then explore the striking landscape at Hiidenvuori, then delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, and finally see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kouvola day trip planning app .

Take a train from Helsinki to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Hiidenvuori
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Kouvola to Savonlinna by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kuusamo trip itinerary planning app .

Fly from Savonlinna to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Safaris

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then steep yourself in history at Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at The Maritime Quarter.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mariehamn trip planning app .

You can fly from Kuusamo to Mariehamn in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. August in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Turku Castle and Naantali Old Town. Get outdoors at Teijo national park and Vepsa Island. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Teijo National Park
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Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yyteri Beach and Tampere Cathedral. Take a break from the city and head to Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto and Hatanpaa Arboretum. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tampere online vacation planner .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Yyteri Beach, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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