18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Kuusamo
— 1 night
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Savonlinna
— 2 nights
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
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Turku
— 2 nights
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Tampere
— 2 nights
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Auttikongas and Syvasenvaara Fell. Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Tatuka Reindeerfarm in Ylitornio, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, see Santa Claus Office, and see where the action happens at Lappi Areena.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi journey planner.

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in September, things will get much colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around 53°F and lows about 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:

Kuusamo

— 1 night
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): head outdoors with Karhunkierros and then explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:

Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then get your bearings at Riihisaari, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Kuusamo to Savonlinna by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 20th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mariehamn trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Savonlinna to Mariehamn by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Parks · Nature · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Turku

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, then browse the collection at Turku City Library, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Turku University Botanical Garden, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Turku trip planner.

Getting from Mariehamn to Turku by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In September in Turku, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and Vapriikin Museokeskus. Pack the 25th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

Helsinki

— 4 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Room Escape Games and Hakaniemi Market. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo, about 50 minutes away. Pack the 29th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."