16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
2
Kouvola
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Imatra
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
5
Levi
— 2 nights
6
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Turku
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Tampere
— 1 night
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nuuksio National Park and Porvoo Old Town. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki tour site .

Amsterdam, Holland to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in September, with highs in Helsinki at 19°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Porvoo Old Town
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 17th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum, then explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park, and then take in the history at Utti Fort.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kouvola road trip website .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Imatra.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature Parks Museums
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park

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 18th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, explore the striking landscape at Kummakivi Boulder, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Siikalahti Wetland. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and then see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Imatra online trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Kouvola to Imatra in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Imatra, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Imatra

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Kummakivi Boulder, Siikalahti Wetland
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka day trip website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Imatra to Saariselka in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In September, Saariselka is slightly colder than Imatra - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental and then get interesting insight from Levi Ski Resort. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then get your game on at G2 ICEKARTING, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Levi trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 23rd (Mon), stroll through Ruka and then explore the stunning scenery at Julma Olkky. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, then take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

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

Fly from Levi to Kuusamo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step off the beaten path and head to Turku Castle and Old Rauma. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, browse the collection at Turku City Library, and grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner.

Getting from Kuusamo to Turku by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Kuusamo in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Turku: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naantali, Old Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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