18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
3
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: London

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, find something for the whole family at Linnanmaki Amusement Park, and make a trip to Senate Square.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step out of Turku with an excursion to Old Rauma in Rauma--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and step aboard Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naantali, Old Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Joensuu is known for shopping, parks, museums, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Pielinen, look for gifts at Taitokortteli, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and explore the world behind art at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni.

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Traveling by car from Turku to Joensuu takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August in Joensuu, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Trails Museums

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 2nd (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, and finally savor the flavors at Savonlinna Market Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko, then stroll through The Parikkala Sculpture Park, then see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna planning tool .

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

The Parikkala Sculpture Park, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Mikkeli Cathedral, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
The Parikkala Sculpture Park ©
The Parikkala Sculpture Park

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Luosto and see Luosto Adventures, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi route site .

Fly from Savonlinna to Rovaniemi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. September in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Trails

Side Trip

Luosto Adventures
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
On the 8th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, then make a trip to Hakaniemi Market, then stroll around Sibelius Monument, and finally don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of The National Library of Finland, then take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally get to know the resident critters at Korkeasaari Zoo.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Rovaniemi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Sibelius Monument ©
Sibelius Monument
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma ©
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
The National Museum of Finland ©
The National Museum of Finland

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