16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
5
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Helsinki
— 2 nights
End: Helsinki

1
night
Kotka

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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, admire the striking features of Main Building of Military School, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, then wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. On the next day, delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kotka day trip site .

Helsinki to Kotka is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Main Building of Military School, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Arboretum Mustila
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Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

3
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Take a break from the city and head to Kolovesi National Park and Lammassaari Island. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Linnansaari National Park and Olavinlinna Castle. Take a break from Savonlinna with a short trip to Imatra Waterfall in Imatra, about 1h 25 min away.

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You can drive from Kotka to Savonlinna in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Imatra, Kolovesi National Park, Linnansaari National Park
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Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park

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nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, then stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, and then hike along Akka-Koli Hill. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Neitikoski Rapids and then hike along Paha-Koli Hill.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Karhunkierros and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Koli National Park in October: highs in Kuusamo hover around 3°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Safaris
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

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 5th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Siida, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Inari road trip site .

Fly from Kuusamo to Inari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in October, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): make a trip to Naantali Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and then head off the coast to Vepsa Island. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along The Archipelago Trail, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Turku route builder tool .

Fly from Inari to Turku in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Inari in October, expect Turku to be a bit warmer, temps between 10°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town
The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): wander the streets of Katajanokka, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Helsinki online day trip planner .

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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