18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Muscat
Fly + Drive:  14 h
1
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 30 min
4
Inari
— 1 day
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Train:  5 h 15 min
5
Tampere
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
7
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
8
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Muscat

1
night
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. On the 6th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and finally examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, steep yourself in history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, and finally get engrossed in the history at Bunker Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kotka road trip website.

Muscat, Oman to Kotka is an approximately 14- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Muscat to Kotka is minus 2 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Muscat in September; daily highs in Kotka reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Salpa Line Museum, Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, Bunker Museum
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Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum ©
Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum

2
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum, explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, pause for some serene contemplation at Ristikankaan kappeli, explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, then admire the landmark architecture of Lappeen Marian kirkko, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rautjarven kirkko, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Kollaa- Ja Simo Hayha -Museo.

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

Drive from Kotka to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Imatra, Kollaa- Ja Simo Hayha -Museo, Rautjarven kirkko
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Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Kollaa- Ja Simo Hayha -Museo ©
Kollaa- Ja Simo Hayha -Museo

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 10th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko, then see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip maker app.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

1
day
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 11th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then trek along Juutua Nature Trail, and finally see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Inari trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Savonlinna to Inari in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In September, Inari is slightly colder than Savonlinna - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites Trails
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then examine the collection at Moomin Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Visavuori. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip builder site.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train from Inari to Tampere in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Inari in September, you will find days in Tampere are a bit warmer (17°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, Visavuori
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Visavuori ©
Visavuori

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Old Rauma and Nagu Church. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Louhisaari Manor in Askainen, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, visit Naantali Old Town, and see the interesting displays at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Turku trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naantali, Nagu Church, Old Rauma, Louhisaari Manor
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 17th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, stroll through Kobba Klintar, see the interesting displays at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, then step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, and finally examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle. Keep things going the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, explore the engaging exhibits at The Aland Island Art Museum, then steep yourself in history at Bomarsund, then see the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Eckerö Post & tullhus.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mariehamn road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Sund, Aland Island, Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

4
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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town) and Heureka (in Vantaa). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Johannes Church, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Helsinki journey builder app.

Fly from Mariehamn to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Porvoo, Heureka
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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