18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Turku
— 1 night
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Imatra
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Imatra
— 3 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
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Oulu
— 1 night
Drive
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Ranua
— 1 night
Fly
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Pori
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Marttyyrikeisarinna Aleksandran Kirkko, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and finally explore the ancient world of Kuusisto Bishop's Castle.

For maps and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary builder website.

Krakow, Poland to Turku is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Krakow to Turku is 1 hour. Traveling from Krakow in August, expect nights in Turku to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 9:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): steep yourself in history at The Maritime Quarter, have fun and explore at The Aland Island Art Museum, have fun and explore at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally try to win big at PAF Casino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Karingsunds Viltsafari, examine the collection at Eckerö Post & tullhus, steep yourself in history at Salis Batteri, then make a trip to Bomarsund, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Kastelholm - Open-air Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mariehamn trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Turku to Mariehamn by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

Imatra

— 3 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Imatra Waterfall and Saimaa Canal. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lappeenranta Fortress and Savitaipale Church. Explore Imatra's surroundings by going to Lappeenranta (Sammonlahden Church, Lemin kirkko, &more), Ollinmaen Viinitila Oy (in Anttola) and Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi (in Puumala). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rautjarven kirkko, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imatrankoski Church, and look for gifts at Souvenirs world.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Imatra itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Mariehamn to Imatra takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. August in Imatra sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Johanna Oras Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko, pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, then appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna vacation builder.

You can drive from Imatra to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Oulu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 15:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 16th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Oulun Automuseo, pause for some serene contemplation at Haukipudas Church, appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, then view the masterpieces at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach, and finally head outdoors with Superpark Oulu.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Oulu travel app.

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Ranua.

Things to do in Oulu

Outdoors · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 16:

Ranua

— 1 night
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ranua Zoo.

Plan my day in Ranua using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Oulu to Ranua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Pori.

Things to do in Ranua

Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 17:
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Pori

— 3 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Step off the beaten path and head to Old Rauma and Koylion Kirkkokari. Step out of the city life by going to Yyteri Beach and Herrainpaivat Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Pori side-trips: Rauma (Rauma Art Museum, The Ruins of the Church of the Holy Trinity, &more), Kristiinankaupunki (Lebellska kopmansgarden & The Maritime Museum) and Koylio Church (in Koylio). Spend the 18th (Wed) exploring nature at Bothnian Sea National Park. There's more to do: get outside with Yyterin Nakotorni and take an in-depth tour of Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pori online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ranua to Pori takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 20:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum, examine the collection at Spy Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally examine the collection at Postal Museum. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Palkaneen Kirkko, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pohtiolampi, then stroll through Suolijarvi Beach, and finally make a trip to Nasinneula Tower.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere road trip planning app.

Drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 22:

Helsinki

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The National Museum of Finland. Get in touch with nature at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Katri Valan Puisto. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Porvoo (Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, Cathedral of Porvoo, &more) and Heureka (in Vantaa). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Katajanokka, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), look for gifts at Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa), and contemplate the long history of The Aalto House.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."