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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): meet the residents at Korkeasaari Zoo and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto.

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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 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto
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Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo
The Esplanadi Park ©
The Esplanadi Park

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 10th (Wed), 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 11th (Thu) 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 11th (Thu), 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 11th (Thu) 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 12th (Fri).

Things to do in Suomussalmi

Parks Nature Wildlife
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3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Escape the urban bustle at Kiutakongas Rapids and Korouoma Canyon. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre and Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get outside with Karhunkierros, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruka.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kuusamo tour itinerary website .

You can drive from Suomussalmi to Kuusamo in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Korouoma Canyon, Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction
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Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Safaris

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night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and finally look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

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 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Gold Prospector Museum, Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Hippupuoti Gift Shop ©
Hippupuoti Gift Shop

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 17th (Wed), 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 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Adventure Tours Parks
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

1
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 18th (Thu): 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 18th (Thu) 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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night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 19th (Fri), kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Oulu Cathedral, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli.

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 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park
Oulu Cathedral ©
Oulu Cathedral

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night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): 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 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

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night
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 21st (Sun), you'll travel to Hanko.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors Museums Parks
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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 21st (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Bellevue Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tulliniemi Nature Path, and then make a trip to Hanko Water Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Teijo national park.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hanko trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Hanko in 2 hours. In July in Hanko, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Hanko

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Teijo national park
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Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Helsinki tour itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Hanko to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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