16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive
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Sotkamo
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Inari
— 1 night
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly

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Kotka

Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, then don't miss a visit to Stromforsin Ruukki, then stroll around Riverside Park, and finally visit Linden Esplanade. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila.

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Columbus, USA to Kotka is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Columbus to Kotka. Traveling from Columbus in September, expect nights in Kotka to be little chillier, around 46°F, while days are colder, around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:

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Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): gain insight at Turku Cathedral, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then work off some steam at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally kick back and relax at Vepsa Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, and then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Turku takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

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Pori

Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): examine the collection at Villa Mairea, then kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, then stroll through Yyteri Beach, and finally stop by Patakirppis. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, then get engrossed in the history at Rosenlew Museum, and finally browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Pori trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Pori sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

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Savonlinna

The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 3rd (Wed), examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Pori to Savonlinna in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:

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Sotkamo

Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. On the 4th (Thu), head outdoors with Kainuun Vaellustalli, kick back and relax at Hiukka, and then perfect your strike at Vuokatti Bowling.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Sotkamo trip planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Sotkamo in 4.5 hours. In October in Sotkamo, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 30°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): stroll through Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Julma Olkky, then explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and then head outdoors with Karhunkierros.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Kuusamo attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Kuusamo takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in October, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:

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Inari

Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and finally stroll through Juutua Nature Trail. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Inari trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Kuusamo to Inari by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in October, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

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Helsinki

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.
Appreciate the collections at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The National Museum of Finland. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kansallisgalleria and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Hakaniemi Market, stop by Pien Shop & Bar, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, and don't miss a visit to Market Square Kauppatori.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in October, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between 48°F and 35°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

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."