17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
5
Inari
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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. On the 9th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, stroll through Lehman, and then step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotka journey planning website .

San Francisco, USA to Kotka is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 10 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): head off the coast to Malonsaari, kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Imatra road trip website .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Imatra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Imatra

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Paha-Koli Hill. Escape the urban bustle at Pielinen and Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip site .

Traveling by car from Imatra to Koli National Park takes 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

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nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then head outdoors with Karhunkierros, and then examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo tour itinerary maker .

Drive from Koli National Park to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Trails, #Parks

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

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Inari

Inari ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): examine the collection at Siida, relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then experience rural life at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: deepen your understanding of the past and present with Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Inari trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Kuusamo to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Inari, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Inari

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Nature

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida ©
Siida

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 19th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and then explore the striking landscape of Kurjenrahka National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Brinkhall Manor, and then stroll through Vepsa Island.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Turku route builder website .

Getting from Inari to Turku by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Inari in July, expect nights in Turku to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 21st (Sun), enjoy the sea views from Archipelago National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Soderlangvik and then identify plant and animal life at Oro.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kimito Island trip planner .

Drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Kimito Island sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kimito Island

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and finally admire the masterpieces at Design Museum. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, meet the residents at Korkeasaari Zoo, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip maker app .

You can drive from Kimito Island to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma ©
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

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