16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
Shuttle + 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. On the 2nd (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Lehman, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail, and then don't miss a visit to Linden Esplanade.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kotka trip builder site.

Portland, USA to Kotka is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. In September, Kotka is a bit cooler than Portland - with highs of 59°F and lows of 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Vepsa Island and then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and flight. 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

Wildlife Nature 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere road trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Tampere are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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 ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Ruka and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, then look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and then hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kuusamo vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Tampere, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kuusamo, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lemmenjoki National Park and Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. There's still lots to do: hike along Juutua Nature Trail, relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm, and pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Inari trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows 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 Outdoors

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Tuula's Reindeer ©
Tuula's Reindeer
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Room Escape Games. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). Pack the 15th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria and stroll around Sibelius Monument.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki tour itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Inari in September, with highs in Helsinki at 61°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to 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 ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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