17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Sault Ste. Marie
Fly + Drive:  23 h
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
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
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Inari
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
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. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take a stroll through Linden Esplanade and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kotka trip planner.

Sault Ste. Marie, Canada to Kotka is an approximately 24- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Sault Ste. Marie in July, expect nights in Kotka to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Trails Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then get answers to all your questions at Riihisaari, then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find out how to plan a trip to Savonlinna, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Kotka to Savonlinna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In July in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mariehamn vacation builder website.

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Mariehamn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time 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): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, have fun at Adventure Park, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and then hike along The Archipelago Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Museums
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere online road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Tampere are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

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

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Hakaniemi Market. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, stop by Boss Shop, and shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki journey builder.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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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

2
nights
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 18th (Thu): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, then relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Inari trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Inari takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in July; daily highs in Inari reach 20°C and lows reach 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 ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Inari Reindeer Farm ©
Inari Reindeer Farm
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, then examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and finally Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Marttiini Store Old Factory, catch a live event at Lappi Areena, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip maker tool.

Drive from Inari to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Parks Nature
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Lappi Areena ©
Lappi Areena

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