17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Koli National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Imatra
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
6
Inari
— 1 night
7
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Syote
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

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 12th (Wed): stop by Kankurin Tupa, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, look for gifts at Boss Shop, look for gifts at Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa), then browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Stockmann's Department Store. Keep things going the next day: stop by TeeMaa Tea House, look for gifts at Digelius Music, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo, then stop by Taiga Colors, and finally look for gifts at Artisaani.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online sightseeing planner .

Minneapolis, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Helsinki. In September, Helsinki is little chillier than Minneapolis - with highs of 61°F and lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

2
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 14th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pargas Church, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally trek along The Archipelago Trail.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Turku trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Kauppakeskus Mylly, Pargas Church
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turun Kauppahalli ©
Turun Kauppahalli

1
day
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
On the 16th (Sun), trek along Paha-Koli Hill, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, and then explore the activities along Pielinen.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Koli National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

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 17th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna sightseeing app .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Savonlinna in 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Shopping

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 18th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, browse the range of quality goods at Prisma, then stop by MyGoodKnife, then step off the mainland to explore Malonsaari, and finally step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Imatran Kalatalo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally get outside with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Imatra route maker website .

Drive from Savonlinna to Imatra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lappeenranta
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then hike along Juutua Nature Trail, then take a stroll around The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, and finally experience rural life at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Inari road trip planning app .

Getting from Imatra to Inari by combination of train, flight, and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Imatra in September, things will get little chillier in Inari: highs are around 52°F and lows about 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): experience the excitement of Feelapland, look for gifts at LAURI, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Your Piece Of Finland, browse the different shops at Arctic Circle Mall, look for gifts at Lapland Forestry Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenkirnut, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner .

You can drive from Inari to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. September in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Syote.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Feelapland ©
Feelapland
Your Piece Of Finland ©
Your Piece Of Finland

1
night
Syote

Syote ©
On the 24th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Syote National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Syote road trip tool .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Syote by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Syote

Parks Nature
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Syote National Park ©
Syote National Park

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, and finally relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Julma Olkky, stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and then get outside with Karhunkierros.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kuusamo tour itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Syote to Kuusamo in 2 hours. In September in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 40°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

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