18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Watertown
Fly:  20 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Kotka
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
4
Porvoo
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly + Train:  4 h 30 min
6
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
8
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  22 h
End: Watertown

5
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.
Pack the 2nd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Watertown, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 20.5- hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Watertown to Helsinki is 7 hours. When traveling from Watertown in July, plan for little chillier days in Helsinki, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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 6th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Savonlinna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

2
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, take in nature's colorful creations at Sibelius Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, and finally let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kotka day trip app.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kotka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In August in Kotka, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Porvoo.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Katariina Seaside Park ©
Katariina Seaside Park

1
night
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
On the 8th (Wed), have fun at Porvoo Swimming Pool, stop by Willatar, go for a walk through The Devil's Stairs, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Porvoo, and finally don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Porvoo attractions app.

Getting from Kotka to Porvoo by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Porvoo

Fun & Games Historic Sites Shopping
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Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
Willatar ©
Willatar

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online trip builder.

Getting from Porvoo to Rovaniemi by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Porvoo in August, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are slightly colder, around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Museums Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vanha Kirkko, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pori trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Pori takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

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

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 (Tue): have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, then explore the galleries of Turku Castle, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally gain insight at Turku Cathedral. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get lost in a book at Turku City Library, then brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and finally get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku online travel route planner.

Drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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