17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 30 min
6
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 15 min
7
Turku
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
End: Helsinki

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Change things up with a short trip to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo (about 50 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, make a trip to Senate Square, explore the world behind art at Design Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Helsinki. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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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

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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 14th (Tue): let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park and then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, contemplate the long history of Stromforsin Ruukki, and then hike along Santalahti Nature Trail.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Kotka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Stromforsin Ruukki
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Katariina Seaside Park ©
Katariina Seaside Park
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 16th (Thu), examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Punkaharju Ridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Savonlinna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Punkaharju, Kerimaki Church, Linnansaari National Park
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, head outdoors with Karhunkierros, then stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and finally experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids, then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kuusamo visit planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kuusamo takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In August in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

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

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Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Lake Inari and then go for a walk through Otsamo Fell.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari trip planning website.

You can fly from Kuusamo to Inari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Inari, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites
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Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, stroll around Lilla holmen, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern. Keep things going the next day: see where the action happens at Wiklof Holding Arena, head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, then examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, and finally take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter.

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You can fly from Inari to Mariehamn in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Inari in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Mariehamn. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården ©

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Turku vacation planner.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. August in Turku sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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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 26th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tampere tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Theme Parks
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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