17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly + Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Joensuu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Kuopio
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
7
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Helsinki
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  13​h 45​min
End: Ottawa

1
night
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 17th (Mon): hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and then examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, take in nature's colorful creations at Sibelius Park, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, then let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Fuksinpuisto Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka day trip planning site .

Ottawa, Canada to Kotka is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Ottawa in June, with highs in Kotka at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
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 19th (Wed), indulge your taste buds at Savonlinna Market Square, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our 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 June, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

2
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. On the 20th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, see the interesting displays at Old Mine Mining Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joensuu Church. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, then make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of New Valamo Monastery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Joensuu trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Joensuu takes 2 hours. In June in Joensuu, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Joensuu

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

New Valamo Monastery, Old Mine Mining Museum
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Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko ©
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko
New Valamo Monastery ©
New Valamo Monastery

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 22nd (Sat), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, don't miss a visit to Satamankulma, then ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kuopio travel route builder .

Getting from Joensuu to Kuopio by car takes about 2 hours. In June in Kuopio, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games Museums
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Room Escape Games
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

2
nights
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 23rd (Sun): look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral.

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Traveling by train from Kuopio to Tampere takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, daytime highs in Tampere are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then step aboard Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally enjoy some diversion at Adventure Park.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Turku sightseeing planning tool .

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 27th (Thu), examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, steep yourself in history at The Maritime Quarter, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and finally step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get engrossed in the history at Kobba Klintar, then examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, and finally stroll through Lilla holmen.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and make a trip to Senate Square.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. June in Helsinki sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

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