16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
2
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
6
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
7
Pori
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Newark

1
night
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 25th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and finally get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online day trip planner .

Newark, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Newark in August, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between 69°F and 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 27th (Mon), add some adventure to your tour with Archipelago National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Soderlangvik and then identify plant and animal life at Oro.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kimito Island route tool .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kimito Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kimito Island can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

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

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll explore and learn at Turku Castle and Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turku Cathedral and Teijo national park. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Hanko (Pike's Gut & Bellevue Beach). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Vepsa Island, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Turku itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hanko, Teijo National Park, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
night
Inari

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 2nd (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, examine the collection at Siida, and then trek along Juutua Nature Trail. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Inari trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Turku to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Turku in September, expect Inari to be a bit cooler, temps between 52°F and 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 4th (Tue), examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna road trip site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Savonlinna takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. September in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): kick back and relax at Hiukka and then explore the striking landscape of Venajanhiekka. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hiidenportti National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sotkamo trip planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Sotkamo in 4.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Sotkamo can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Pori.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Venajanhiekka
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of The Old Town Hall Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Pori day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Pori takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 45°F. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Rauma
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

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