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:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Rantasalmi
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Pori
— 2 nights
6
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Helsinki
— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, make a trip to Senate Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, then admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukion Church, and finally make a trip to The Esplanadi Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki visit planning site .

If you are flying in from Belgium, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

5
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Parikkala Sculpture Park (in Parikkala), Joensuu (Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, & more) and Punkaharju Ridge (in Punkaharju). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, get answers to all your questions at Riihisaari, and appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip planning website .

Getting from Helsinki to Savonlinna by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Joensuu, Punkaharju, The Parikkala Sculpture Park, Kerimaki Church
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Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

2
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, then make a trip to Paateri, then examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Era Eero. On the next day, stroll through Akka-Koli Hill and then head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lieksa itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Lieksa in 3.5 hours. In August in Lieksa, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rantasalmi.

Things to do in Lieksa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Paateri ©
Paateri

1
night
Rantasalmi

Rantasalmi ©
Rantasalmi is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Heinaveden kirkko and then explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Orinoro Gorge.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rantasalmi trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Lieksa to Rantasalmi takes 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Rantasalmi are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Pori.

Things to do in Rantasalmi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Heinaveden kirkko, Orinoro Gorge
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Orinoro Gorge ©
Orinoro Gorge
Heinaveden kirkko ©
Heinaveden kirkko

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), then don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, then stroll around Kirjurinluoto, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Pori route maker app .

Traveling by car from Rantasalmi to Pori takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August in Pori, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Old Rauma
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): get your game on at Moomin World, take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral.

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You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. August in Turku sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
On the 29th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria and then don't miss a visit to SkyWheel Helsinki. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Linnanmaki Amusement Park, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and then examine the collection at Design Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip website .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma ©
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

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