16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 30 min
4
Inari
— 1 night
Shuttle + 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and finally get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki route builder.

Newark, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14- hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Newark in August: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 69°F and lows are around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Archipelago National Park. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik Gard and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oro.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Kimito Island holiday planner.

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 in Kimito Island, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

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

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Escape the urban bustle at Teijo National Park and Bellevue Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Pike's Gut (in Hanko). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, kick back and relax at Vepsa Island, and see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hanko, Kurjenrahka National Park, Teijo 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. On the 2nd (Sun), get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then trek along Juutua Nature Trail. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Inari trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In September, Inari is slightly colder than Turku - with highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
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), see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip maker site.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Savonlinna in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

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. On the 5th (Wed), stroll through Hiukka and then stroll through Venajanhiekka. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hiidenportti National Park.

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

Drive from Savonlinna to Sotkamo in 4.5 hours. September in Sotkamo sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time 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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of The Old Town Hall Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Pori visit planner.

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Pori takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September in Pori, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 45°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Outdoors Parks

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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