18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Inari
— 1 night
4
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Imatra
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: London

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Escape the urban bustle at Teijo national park and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Get a sense of the local culture at Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Turku vacation planner .

London, UK to Turku is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Turku due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Teijo National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre ©
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn online holiday planner .

Getting from Turku to Mariehamn by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. July in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Siida, then experience rural life at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Inari tour builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Mariehamn to Inari takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Mariehamn in August, things will get little chillier in Inari: highs are around 19°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Step off the beaten path and head to Kiutakongas Rapids and Riisitunturi National Park. Visiting Pieni Karhunkierros Trail and Syote National Park will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kuusamo tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Kuusamo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Riisitunturi National Park, Syote National Park, Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Syote National Park ©
Syote National Park
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pielinen and Paha-Koli Hill. Get in touch with nature at Akka-Koli Hill and Ukko-Koli Hill. Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park road trip planning app .

You can drive from Kuusamo to Koli National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Koli
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 9th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, explore the striking landscape at Punkaharju Ridge, don't miss a visit to The Parikkala Sculpture Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Siikalahti Wetland, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolovesi National Park.

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Drive from Koli National Park to Savonlinna in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Parikkala, Punkaharju Ridge, Kolovesi National Park
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park
The Parikkala Sculpture Park ©
The Parikkala Sculpture Park

1
night
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, hike along Malonsaari, then admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, and finally learn about all things military at Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Imatra day trip app .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Imatra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Imatra are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Imatra

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on Nuuksio National Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Helsinki planner .

Take a train from Imatra to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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