17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly + train:  8​h 15​min
1
Tampere
— 1 night
2
Rauma
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly + train:  4​h
6
Kouvola
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
7
Imatra
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
9
Inari
— 1 day
10
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
11
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Barcelona

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 4th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tampere tour itinerary planning tool .

Barcelona, Spain to Tampere is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Tampere. When traveling from Barcelona in August, plan for slightly colder days in Tampere, with highs around 23°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, enjoy the sea views from Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, then take an in-depth tour of The Old Town Hall Museum, then stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rauma trip planner.

Getting from Tampere to Rauma by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. August in Rauma sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Rauma

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

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nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Soderlangvik, don't miss a visit to Helsingholm Guest Harbour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oro.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kimito Island tour planner .

Getting from Rauma to Kimito Island by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro
Soderlangvik ©
Soderlangvik

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nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Ett Hem Museum, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. On the next day, head off the coast to Vepsa Island, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, and then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Turku route builder .

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 10th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then stroll through Kobba Klintar, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

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Fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

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Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 11th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Ristin kirkko, take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kouvola road trip planner.

Getting from Mariehamn to Kouvola by combination of flight and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Imatra.

Things to do in Kouvola

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Pyhan Ristin kirkko ©
Pyhan Ristin kirkko

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Siikalahti Wetland, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder, then head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Lappeen Marian kirkko, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, then explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, then step off the mainland to explore Malonsaari, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Imatra holiday planning app .

You can take a train from Kouvola to Imatra in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Imatra, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Siikalahti Wetland, Kummakivi Boulder
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and finally stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Imatra to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

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

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Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 15th (Thu), explore and take pictures at Inari Reindeerfarm, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then examine the collection at Siida, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Inari online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Inari takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Savonlinna in August; daily highs in Inari reach 19°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Inari Reindeer Farm ©
Inari Reindeer Farm

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, hit the slopes at Ruka, and then take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, get outside with Karhunkierros, and then hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kuusamo tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Kuusamo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kuusamo in August, you will find days in Helsinki are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

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