18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

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. There's still lots to do: expand your understanding of the military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and pause for some photo ops at Sibelius Monument.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip builder app .

Watertown, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from Watertown to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Watertown in July, expect nights in Helsinki to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are slightly colder, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

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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): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world 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.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Savonlinna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive 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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): examine the collection 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 find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kotka online journey planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kotka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Kotka

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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), enjoy some diversion at Porvoo Swimming Pool, look for gifts at Willatar, take in the pleasant sights at The Devil's Stairs, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Porvoo, then don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town, and finally stroll through Fredrika Runebergs Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Porvoo trip planner .

Getting from Kotka to Porvoo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up 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.
On the 9th (Thu), take an exotic tour of a safari tour, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Porvoo to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. While traveling from Porvoo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Outdoors Museums
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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.
On the 11th (Sat), see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vanha Kirkko, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

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Do a combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in August, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach.

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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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
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 fun at Moomin World, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the collection at Turku City Library, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and finally explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Pori to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to 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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