18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  2​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Mariehamn
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Hameenlinna
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Kouvola
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
6
Kuopio
— 1 night
7
Kuusamo
— 1 night
8
Inari
— 2 nights
bus:  5​h 30​min
9
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam


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2
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.
You've added Kaivopuisto, Market Square Kauppatori, Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St Henry, and then take some stellar pictures from Observatory Hill (Tahtitorninmaki). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Market Hall, make a trip to Isosaari, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Submarine Vesikko.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Helsinki itinerary planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, Helsinki is little chillier than Amsterdam - with highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Market Square Kauppatori ©
Market Square Kauppatori

2
nights
Mariehamn

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Your list of things to see and do now includes Aland Maritime Museum, Getabergen, Museumship Pommern, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Getabergen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Bomarsund and then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn online trip maker .

Getting from Helsinki to Mariehamn by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Sund, Getabergen, Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum ©
Aland Hunting & Fishing 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Uto, Kylamaki Village of Living History, Archangel Michael's church, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): trek along The Archipelago Trail, then see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, and then visit a coastal fixture at Uto. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Turku Biological Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Turku holiday planning app .

Fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Hameenlinna.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Uto ©
Uto

2
nights
Hameenlinna

Hameenlinna ©
You've added Hauhon kirkko, Evo Hiking Area, Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Hauhon kirkko, explore the historical opulence of Hame Castle, see the interesting displays at Museo Militaria, stroll around Aulanko, then steep yourself in history at Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, and finally identify plant and animal life at Evo Hiking Area.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hameenlinna online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Hameenlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hameenlinna are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Evo Hiking Area ©
Evo Hiking Area
Museo Militaria ©
Museo Militaria
Aulanko ©
Aulanko

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Sippola church, Utti Fort, Pyhan Ristin kirkko, and other attractions you added. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kouvola trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Hameenlinna to Kouvola takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Ankkapurha Culture Park ©
Ankkapurha Culture Park

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. You've added Konttila, Puijo Tower, Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): walk around Snellman Park and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kuopio vacation website .

Traveling by train from Kouvola to Kuopio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. October in Kuopio sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Konttila ©
Konttila

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Julma Olkky as well as Kiutakongas Rapids. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Julma Olkky, look for all kinds of wild species at The Predator Center in Kuusamo, and then take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo day trip website .

You can drive from Kuopio to Kuusamo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Kuopio in October, things will get a bit cooler in Kuusamo: highs are around 3°C and lows about -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Husky & Co, Otsamo Fell and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. There's lots more to do: hike along Juutua Nature Trail, examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, head outdoors with Lake Inari, and pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Inari travel planning site .

Getting from Kuusamo to Inari by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in October, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Husky & Co
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Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©

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nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You've added Christmas House Santa, Hiidenkirnut, German Soldier s Cemetery, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenkirnut, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Santa Claus Office, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and then examine the collection at Christmas House Santa.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary app .

Getting from Inari to Rovaniemi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. October in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:
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Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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