17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
3
Inari
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h
5
Savonlinna
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
End: Helsinki

4
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.
Head to Hakaniemi Market and Market Square Kauppatorifor plenty of shopping. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Venture out of the city with trips to Stromforsin Ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa), Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa) and Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki tour itinerary tool.

Newark, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14- hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in August, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between 69°F and 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Stromforsin Ruukki, Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto, Cathedral of Porvoo
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, take in the exciting artwork at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, then examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Haukipudas Church, and finally kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Oulun Automuseo, see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, then explore the world behind art at Oulun Taidemuseo, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Oulu online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Oulu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Oulu, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Haukipudas Church
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church

2
nights
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 30th (Thu): wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and finally examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Inari trip planning tool.

Fly from Oulu to Inari in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Inari when traveling from Oulu in August, with lows around 46°F. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Hippupuoti Gift Shop, Gold Prospector Museum
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

3
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 1st (Sat): look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, relax in the rural setting at Napapiirin Porofarmi, then engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, and finally explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Inari to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Parks Casinos
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Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Forestry Museum of Lapland ©
Forestry Museum of Lapland

4
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Let the collections at Art Centre Salmela and Johanna Oras Art Gallery capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Olavinlinna Castle and Pikkukirkko. Venture out of the city with trips to Mikkeli (Naisvuori Observation Tower & Communications Centre Lokki), Lammassaari Island (in Imatra) and Ruokolahden Kirkko (in Ruokolahti). The adventure continues: take in the history at Salpa Line, take an in-depth tour of Wolkoff House Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Lappeenrannan kirkko, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lappeen Marian kirkko.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rovaniemi to Savonlinna in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Kerimaki, Mikkeli, Kitee Zoo, Art Centre Salmela
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko