18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Turku
— 2 nights
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
3
Inari
— 1 night
4
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
5
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
6
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
7
Imatra
— 1 night
8
Helsinki
— 2 nights

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Visiting Teijo National Park and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Turku online trip planner.

London, UK to Turku is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. July in Turku sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Teijo National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
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. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, take an in-depth tour of Kobba Klintar, thenlearn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn road trip planner.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. 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 striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, thenexperience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Inari trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Inari takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Mariehamn in August, with highs in Inari at °C and lows at °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car 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 ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Inari Reindeer Farm ©
Inari Reindeer Farm

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Step out of the city life by going to Riisitunturi National Park and Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Kiutakongas Rapids and Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kuusamo itinerary maker.

Drive from Inari to Kuusamo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Kuusamo are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. You'll set off for Koli National Park on the 5th (Mon).

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ukko-Koli Hill and Paha-Koli Hill. Step out of the city life by going to Akka-Koli Hill and Pielinen. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, and stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Koli National Park trip planner.

Getting from Kuusamo to Koli National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish 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
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, take in the dramatic natural features at Punkaharju Ridge, don't miss a visit to The Parikkala Sculpture Park, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Siikalahti Wetland, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Savonlinna are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. On the 10th (Sat), you're off to Imatra.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parikkala, Punkaharju Ridge
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko
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.
On the 11th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Malonsaari, thenadmire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, and finally examine the collection at Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Imatra trip maker app.

Getting from Savonlinna to Imatra by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Imatra can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Imatra

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Helsinki road trip planner.

You can drive from Imatra to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough 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 ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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