16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Milan
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  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
Drive:  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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki sightseeing app.

Milan, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, Helsinki is a bit cooler than Milan - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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 ©
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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Hiidenvuori, thentake a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, and finally examine the collection at Kouvola City Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Kouvola vacation planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Kouvola in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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 5th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, thensavor the flavors at Savonlinna Market Square, thenstep into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids. On your second day here, experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm and then explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

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You can drive from Savonlinna to Kuusamo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 8th (Thu), examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, thencontemplate the long history of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, thenexamine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and finally take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn day trip planner.

Getting from Kuusamo to Mariehamn by flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, Kastelholm Castle
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Teijo National Park. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and look for all kinds of wild species at Vepsa Island.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Turku travel route builder.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Teijo National Park, Naantali Old Town
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Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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 Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Step out of Tampere to go to Ylojarvi and see Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

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

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