16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly + Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
train + Fly:  4​h
4
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Inari
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Portland

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Lehman, trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, and then wander the streets of Linden Esplanade.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kotka holiday builder .

Portland, USA to Kotka is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Portland in September, with highs in Kotka at 59°F and lows at 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Lehman ©
Lehman
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 4th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Vepsa Island and then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

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Getting from Kotka to Turku by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. September in Turku sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 6th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere journey builder .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Tampere, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): hit the slopes at Ruka and then stroll through Kiutakongas Rapids. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and then hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo trip planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Kuusamo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Tampere in September, plan for slightly colder days in Kuusamo, with highs around 52°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Take a break from the city and head to Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and Lemmenjoki National Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tuula's Reindeer and Juutua Nature Trail.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Inari trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Kuusamo to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Inari can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Tuula's Reindeer ©
Tuula's Reindeer

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Porvoo Old Town. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Porvoo to see Cathedral of Porvoo about 48 minutes away. Pack the 15th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibelius Monument, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki journey planning app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Inari in September: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 61°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town

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