17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brussels
Fly + Drive:  10 h 15 min
1
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Pori
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  6 h 15 min
4
Inari
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Archipelago National Park. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik Gard and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oro.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kimito Island holiday builder.

Brussels, Belgium to Kimito Island is an approximately 8.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. In July in Kimito Island, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

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

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Turku takes 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 Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
Pori

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

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Pori online road trip planner.

Drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Pori sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach
Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) ©
Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko)

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Get some historical perspective at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Visiting Lemmenjoki National Park and Lake Inari will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, and relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Inari itinerary planning site.

Getting from Pori to Inari by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Pori in August, with highs in Inari at 19°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can 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 ©
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): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, then explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids, and then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare. Keep things going 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.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo online tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Inari to Kuusamo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:
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Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids

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 8th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, get answers to all your questions at Riihisaari, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip planner.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Savonlinna in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, then step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Lappeen Marian kirkko, explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, pause for some serene contemplation at Taipalsaaren kirkko, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lempukka Beach, and finally head off the coast to Malonsaari.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Imatra holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Imatra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Imatra sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Visiting Aurinkolahti Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo) and Stromforsin Ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki travel planning website.

Take a train from Imatra to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough 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 ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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