16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly + Drive:  19​h 15​min
1
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
3
Pori
— 1 night
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Inari
— 1 night
6
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Imatra
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
9
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  14​h 45​min
End: Madison

1
night
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro. On your second day here, visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kimito Island road trip planner .

Madison, USA to Kimito Island is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 8 hours. Traveling from Madison in July, expect Kimito Island to be slightly colder, temps between 71°F and 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 31st (Tue), see the interesting displays at Ett Hem Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then don't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip builder .

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

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

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 2nd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), admire the masterpieces at Pori Art Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Herrainpaivat Beach, and finally stroll through Yyteri Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Pori trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 3rd (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then stroll through Kobba Klintar, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

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You can fly from Pori to Mariehamn in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, examine the collection at Siida, then relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeerfarm, and finally experience rural life at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Inari attractions planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Mariehamn to Inari in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Mariehamn in August; daily highs in Inari reach 62°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks 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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then get outside with Karhunkierros, then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, and finally experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. On the next day, stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruka, and then hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

To find where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Kuusamo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough 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
Ruka ©
Ruka
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 8th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna road trip planner .

Getting from Kuusamo to Savonlinna by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in August, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, then head outdoors with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot, then hike along Lammassaari Island, and finally kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Malonsaari, explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Taipalsaaren kirkko, then explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Lappeen Marian kirkko.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Imatra driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Imatra in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Taipalsaaren kirkko
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Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island

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 11th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aurinkolahti Beach, and finally get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland, and then kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from Imatra to Helsinki in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
The National Museum of Finland ©
The National Museum of Finland

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