18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

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:  6​h 30​min
4
Inari
— 1 day
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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): stroll around Sapokka Water Garden, see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, then contemplate the long history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and finally examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, then brush up on your military savvy at Bunker Museum, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Ankkapurha Culture Park.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kotka trip itinerary planner.

Muscat, Oman to Kotka is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Muscat to Kotka, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Muscat in September: high temperatures in Kotka hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Salpa Line Museum, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, Bunker Museum, Ankkapurha Culture Park
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Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Bunker Museum ©
Bunker 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.
On the 8th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum, explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ristikankaan kappeli, then explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Lappeen Marian kirkko, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, pause for some serene contemplation at Tainionkosken Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 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 find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta online tour planner .

You can drive from Kotka to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Museums Parks

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.
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, pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko, then examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna road trip site .

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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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. On the 11th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Juutua Nature Trail, and finally see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Inari day trip planner.

You can fly from Savonlinna to Inari in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Savonlinna in September, expect Inari to be a bit cooler, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

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

1
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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 12th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then see the interesting displays at Moomin Museum, and finally go for a walk through Visavuori. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then make a trip to Nasinneula Tower, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

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Getting from Inari to Tampere by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Inari in September, you will find days in Tampere are somewhat warmer (17°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Old Rauma and Nagu Church will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Turku to Askainen to see Louhisaari Manor about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Turku trip planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to 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
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, then explore the engaging exhibits at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, then step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, and finally see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, admire the masterpieces at The Aland Island Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Bomarsund, then examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, and finally examine the collection at Eckerö Post & tullhus.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn trip planner .

Fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can 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.
Popular historic sites such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Mannerheim Museum are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kansallisgalleria and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Heureka (in Vantaa) and Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, and admire the landmark architecture of Johannes Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to 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 ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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