17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sault Ste. Marie
Fly + Drive:  23​h
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Inari
— 2 nights
8
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Sault Ste. Marie

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 7th (Sun), take a stroll through Linden Esplanade and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kotka trip app .

Sault Ste. Marie, Canada to Kotka is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Sault Ste. Marie to Kotka due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sault Ste. Marie, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kotka, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Trails Nature

Side Trip

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Haapasaari Island ©
Haapasaari Island
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 9th (Tue), examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Savonlinna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and then examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mariehamn route maker site .

Fly from Savonlinna to Mariehamn in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. July in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Fun & Games
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Room Escape Games

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 12th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, 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 the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and then trek along The Archipelago Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 14th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tampere route planning tool .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

3
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 Hakaniemi Market. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, pause for some photo ops at Sibelius Monument, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Helsinki online travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 18th (Thu), examine the collection at Siida, then experience rural life at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Inari day trip planning website .

Getting from Helsinki to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in July, things will get a bit cooler in Inari: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Inari Reindeer Farm ©
Inari Reindeer Farm

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 20th (Sat), find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, then examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and finally Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, then explore and take pictures at Lappi Areena, and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi route site .

Getting from Inari to Rovaniemi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or take a bus. July in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Parks Nature
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Lappi Areena ©
Lappi Areena

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