17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

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
Fly:  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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Helsinki Cathedral. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo), Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa) and Stromforsin ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Fortress of Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the striking features of Rock Church, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner .

Newark, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in August, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 69°F and 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Stromforsin ruukki, Cathedral of Porvoo, Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto
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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. On the 28th (Tue), hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, get a taste of the local shopping with Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Haukipudas Church, and finally stroll through Nallikari Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): 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 look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Oulu trip site .

Getting from Helsinki to Oulu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. August in Oulu sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car 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. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): experience rural life at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, experience rural life at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then see the interesting displays at Siida. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on 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 stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and finally see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Inari trip builder tool .

You can drive from Oulu to Inari in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Oulu in August, expect little chillier with lows of 46°F in Inari. 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

Gold Prospector Museum, Hippupuoti Gift Shop
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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): stop by Your Piece Of Finland. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, experience rural life at Poro Farmi, then engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, and finally explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Inari to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Parks Nightlife
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Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre
Forestry Museum of Lapland ©
Forestry Museum of Lapland
Korundi House of Culture ©
Korundi House of Culture

4
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Olavinlinna Castle and Pikkukirkko. Museum-lovers will get to explore Art Centre Salmela and Wolkoff House Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Mikkeli (Naisvuori Observation Tower & Communications Centre Lokki), Ruokolahden Kirkko (in Ruokolahti) and Lammassaari Island (in Imatra). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Lappeen Marian kirkko, and pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Savonlinna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can 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'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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