18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sault Ste. Marie
Fly:  23 h 15 min
1
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
6
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
7
Inari
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 15 min
8
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Sault Ste. Marie

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Teijo national park.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary maker website .

Sault Ste. Marie, Canada to Turku is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Sault Ste. Marie in June, you will find days in Turku are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Old Rauma, Teijo National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Archipelago National Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kimito Island sightseeing site .

You can drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Soderlangvik Gard
Soderlangvik Gard

1
night
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Malonsaari, step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Imatra online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Imatra takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 15th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, then pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Imatra to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, then trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Savonlinna to Koli National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): stop by Shopping Center Kumpare and then take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kuusamo trip planner .

Drive from Koli National Park to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Koli National Park in June, expect nights in Kuusamo to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Shopping
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm ©
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 20th (Thu), examine the collection at Siida, relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Inari road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Kuusamo to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

2
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Helsinki travel planner .

Getting from Inari to Helsinki by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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