17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
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
train:  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 Porvoo Old Town. Pack the 13th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Helsinki driving holiday planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Helsinki. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. 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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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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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): take in the pleasant sights at Ankkapurha Culture Park, have fun at Katariina Seaside Park, and then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, take a stroll through Stromforsin ruukki, and then kick back and relax at Santalahti Nature Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kotka online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ankkapurha Culture Park, Stromforsin ruukki
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth ©
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth

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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 take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Savonlinna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Punkaharju, Linnansaari National Park, Kerimaki Church
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 18th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, get outside with Karhunkierros, then stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and finally relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kuusamo journey maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. August in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up 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

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 20th (Mon): do sightseeing your way with Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, then examine the collection at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Lake Inari and then go for a walk through Otsamo Fell.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari vacation planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Kuusamo to Inari in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Inari can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to 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 ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 22nd (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, stroll through Lilla holmen, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Wiklof Holding Arena, then step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, then see the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, and finally take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mariehamn travel planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Mariehamn in 6.5 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 a bit 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

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

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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.
On the 24th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, gain interesting insight with Ett Hem Museum, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library. On your second day here, have fun at Adventure Park, examine the collection at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. August in Turku sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

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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 Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tampere tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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