18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Kuopio
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
4
Suomussalmi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Saariselka
— 1 night
7
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
11
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Hanko
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
13
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
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 9th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland, and then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

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Minneapolis, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Helsinki is 8 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Minneapolis in July: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 71°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma ©
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

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nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 11th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna road trip app .

You can drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In July in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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hours
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 12th (Fri), ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, and then take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kuopio online trip planner .

Drive from Savonlinna to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Suomussalmi.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

1
night
Suomussalmi

Suomussalmi
Suomussalmi is a municipality in Finland and is located in the Kainuu region. For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Suomussalmi road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Suomussalmi takes 4 hours. You'll set off for Kuusamo on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in Suomussalmi

Parks Nature Wildlife
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3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Step out of the city life by going to Pieni Karhunkierros Trail and Kiutakongas Rapids. There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruka, stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, and explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kuusamo online attractions planner .

Drive from Suomussalmi to Kuusamo in 2 hours. July in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Safaris

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Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Saariselka visit planner.

Getting from Kuusamo to Saariselka by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. July in Saariselka sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, Gold Prospector Museum
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Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

1
night
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 18th (Thu), stroll through Levi Ski Resort.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Levi online holiday planner .

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Levi sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Tours Winter Sports Outdoors
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

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night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 20th (Sat), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Oulu Cathedral, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Oulu journey builder site .

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Oulu are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Oulu Cathedral ©
Oulu Cathedral
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli

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night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Vaasa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Vaasa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Vaasa are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

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Turku

Turku
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip planner.

Getting from Vaasa to Turku by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll travel to Hanko.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Hanko

Hanko ©
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. On the 22nd (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Teijo national park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bellevue Beach, trek along Tulliniemi Nature Path, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Hanko Water Tower.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanko trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Turku to Hanko takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Hanko

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Teijo National Park
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Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Tulliniemi Nature Path ©
Tulliniemi Nature Path
Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then stroll through Korkeasaari Zoo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hanko to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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