17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
1
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
3
Pori
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Inari
— 2 nights
5
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Imatra
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
8
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Brussels

1
night
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on Archipelago National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Kimito Island trip builder app .

Brussels, Belgium to Kimito Island is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Kimito Island. July in Kimito Island sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive 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

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 31st (Tue), don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Vepsa Island, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip planning app .

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 2nd (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, then take an in-depth tour of Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Pori trip planning app .

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Pori are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Siida and Lake Inari. Popular historic sites such as Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church are in your itinerary. Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Inari road trip planning website .

Getting from Pori to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Pori in August, things will get a bit cooler in Inari: highs are around 19°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, head outdoors with Karhunkierros, and then explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kuusamo route planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Kuusamo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

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

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, get your bearings at Riihisaari, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then make a trip to Pikkukirkko, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

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

Getting from Kuusamo to Savonlinna by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, then step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Lappeen Marian kirkko, step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, pause for some serene contemplation at Taipalsaaren kirkko, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lempukka Beach, and finally step off the mainland to explore Malonsaari.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Imatra day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Imatra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Imatra can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Taipalsaaren kirkko
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Stromforsin ruukki. Get outdoors at Aurinkolahti Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Change things up with a short trip to Cathedral of Porvoo in Porvoo (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary maker website .

Take a train from Imatra to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Cathedral of Porvoo, Stromforsin ruukki
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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