17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kids will appreciate attractions like Kiutakongas Rapids and Safaris. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pieni Karhunkierros Trail and Shopping Center Kumpare. Take a break from Kuusamo with a short trip to Riisitunturi National Park in Posio, about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kuusamo tour itinerary planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Kuusamo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 10 hours. In August, Kuusamo is a bit cooler than Vancouver - with highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Riisitunturi National Park, Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Safaris
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Ukko-Koli Hill. Get outdoors at Akka-Koli Hill and Paha-Koli Hill.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park itinerary planner.

Getting from Kuusamo to Koli National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. In August, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Koli Shop Retkitupa ©
Koli Shop Retkitupa

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 12th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip planner .

Getting from Koli National Park to Savonlinna by car takes about 3 hours. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visit Tampere Cathedral and Pyhan Birgitan kirkko for their historical value. Kids will appreciate attractions like Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. When in Tampere, make a side trip to see Laukko Manor in Vesilahti, approximately 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga.

Plan my day in Tampere using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Savonlinna to Tampere by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Laukko Manor, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Teijo national park and Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Rauma (Ruokapuoti Lumo & Old Rauma). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, view the masterpieces at Galleria Joella, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Abo Akademi, and admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku road trip planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Rauma, Teijo National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

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.
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hakaniemi Market and Room Escape Games. Pack the 20th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Helsinki day trip planning site .

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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