17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The National Museum of Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Porvoo (Porvoo Old Town & Cathedral of Porvoo). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

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Geneva, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Geneva in July: highs in Helsinki hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mariehamn online journey planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Mariehamn in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kastelholm Castle, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore hidden gems such as Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and Old Rauma. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku online tour builder.

Getting from Mariehamn to Turku by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Old Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Aleksanterin Kirkko. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, then see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, then contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, and finally ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kuopio tour website.

Getting from Tampere to Kuopio by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Kuopio sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Nature Museums Parks
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RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland ©
RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

1
night
Savonlinna

The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally make a trip to Pikkukirkko.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna travel route planner.

Getting from Kuopio to Savonlinna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, then explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, then examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, and finally explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Lappeenranta trip builder website.

Getting from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Imatra Waterfall
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal

3
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Repovesi National Park and Maritime Centre Vellamo. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, stroll around Isopuisto Park, and trek along Santalahti Nature Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kotka online trip planner.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Repovesi National Park
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

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