17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Newark
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
6
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
7
Inari
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
8
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Newark

1
night
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 24th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then stop by Taiga Colors, then shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Helsinki day trip website.

Newark, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14- hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Helsinki is 7 hours. In August, Helsinki is a bit cooler than Newark - with highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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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
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 26th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik Gard and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oro. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Archipelago National Park.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kimito Island trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kimito Island in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kimito Island can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

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

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step off the beaten path and head to Turku Cathedral and Kurjenrahka National Park. Turku Castle and Ett Hem Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Turku with an excursion to Teijo National Park in Pernio--about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, and don't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Turku

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Teijo National Park, Kurjenrahka National Park, Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
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 31st (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Malonsaari, kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Imatra trip itinerary website.

Getting from Turku to Imatra by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. August in Imatra sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, savor the flavors at Savonlinna Market Square, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Siikalahti Wetland. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip planner.

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 67°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Linnansaari National Park, Siikalahti Wetland, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then head outdoors with Karhunkierros, and then examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo itinerary planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kuusamo in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. While traveling from Savonlinna, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kuusamo, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

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

1
night
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 5th (Wed): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Inari tour itinerary app.

Getting from Kuusamo to Inari by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Inari are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Museums

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
Inari Reindeer Farm ©
Inari Reindeer Farm

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 7th (Fri), head outdoors with Seven Fells Up and then look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Akaslompolo vacation builder.

You can drive from Inari to Akaslompolo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. September in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 40°F at night. On the 8th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Shopping
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Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

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