18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

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


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1
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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.
On the 2nd (Tue), stroll through Korkeasaari Zoo and then get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki itinerary maker .

Minneapolis, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Minneapolis in July: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 71°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

2
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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna travel app .

Drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive 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. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, and then take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuopio trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kuopio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. July in Kuopio sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to 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, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Suomussalmi vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kuopio to Suomussalmi. You'll set off for Kuusamo on the 6th (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. Get some cultural insight at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre and Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction. Visiting Kiutakongas Rapids and Ruka will get you outdoors. Step out of Kuusamo to go to Posio and see Korouoma Canyon, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and get outside with Karhunkierros.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kuusamo attractions planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Suomussalmi to Kuusamo with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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
Ruka ©
Ruka

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night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and finally look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka vacation planning website .

Getting from Kuusamo to Saariselka by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In July in Saariselka, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Tours 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 11th (Thu), ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

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You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Tours
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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 12th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Tours 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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): stroll through Nallikari Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral, then identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Oulu trip planner .

Take a train from Rovaniemi to Oulu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July in Oulu, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car 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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Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Vaasa online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Oulu to Vaasa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

1
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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 where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip planner .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Turku takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. On the 15th (Mon), you're off toHanko.

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. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): kick back and relax at Bellevue Beach, then stroll through Tulliniemi Nature Path, and then make a trip to Hanko Water Tower. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Teijo national park.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hanko attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Turku to Hanko. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Hanko

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

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

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©
On the 17th (Wed), get interesting insight from Tours, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Helsinki visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Hanko to Helsinki with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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