17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Inari
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Des Moines

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rock Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner .

Des Moines, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Des Moines to Helsinki, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Des Moines in June, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 65°F and 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll get in some beach time at Yyteri Beach and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Museum-lovers will get to explore Vapriikin Museokeskus and Laukko Manor. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi) and Pori Art Museum (in Pori). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Hiekka Art Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip builder app .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Pori, Laukko Manor, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Turku Castle and Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum. Turku Cathedral and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Teijo national park (in Pernio) and Rauma (Ruokapuoti Lumo & Old Rauma). There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read Turku planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Rauma, Teijo National Park
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then steep yourself in history at Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and finally take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mariehamn trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolovesi National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna visit site .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Savonlinna in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Siikalahti Wetland, Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kolovesi National Park
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, see the interesting displays at Siida, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Inari trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Savonlinna to Inari takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Savonlinna in June, with highs in Inari at 57°F and lows at 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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