18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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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
Drive:  5 h
6
Saariselka
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  3 h
7
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
9
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
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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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 2nd (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Korkeasaari Zoo and then get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planning website.

Minneapolis, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Helsinki. In July, Helsinki is slightly colder than Minneapolis - with highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to 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

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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): 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, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna trip builder tool.

You can drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. July in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (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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Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 5th (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kuopio road trip site.

Getting from Savonlinna to Kuopio by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Kuopio are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Suomussalmi.

Things to do in Kuopio

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

1
night
Suomussalmi

Suomussalmi
Suomussalmi is a municipality in Finland and is located in the Kainuu region. For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Suomussalmi online travel planner.

You can drive from Kuopio to Suomussalmi in 4 hours. On the 6th (Sat), you're off to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Suomussalmi

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Escape the urban bustle at Karhunkierros and Korouoma Canyon. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre and Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at Ruka. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids and look for all kinds of wild species at The Predator Center in Kuusamo.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kuusamo planner.

Drive from Suomussalmi to Kuusamo in 2 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 9th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

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

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Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, surround yourself with nature 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 see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Saariselka online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Saariselka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Levi tour planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Levi sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Trails Adventure Parks
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

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Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 12th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi online trip planner.

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): stroll through Nallikari Beach, admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral, then identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, and finally hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Oulu trip maker app.

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough 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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Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Vaasa road trip site.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Vaasa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
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.
For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read 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. You will leave for Hanko on the 15th (Mon).

Things to do in Turku

Museums Outdoors 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 15th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Bellevue Beach, then hike along Tulliniemi Nature Path, and then take in panoramic vistas at Hanko Water Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Teijo National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hanko route builder website.

You can drive from Turku to Hanko in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Hanko are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time 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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, explore the historical opulence 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. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner.

You can drive from Hanko to Helsinki in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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