18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
4
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
6
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
8
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: London

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get some historical perspective at Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Discover out-of-the-way places like Teijo national park and Vepsa Island. Step out of Turku to go to Kumlinge and see Kumlinge Church, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's more to do: explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and examine the collection at Sibeliusmuseum.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Turku online day trip planner .

London, UK to Turku is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from London to Turku, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, things will get a bit cooler in Turku: highs are around 18°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

Teijo National Park, Kumlinge Church
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 3rd (Wed), enjoy the sea views from Archipelago National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik and then identify plant and animal life at Oro.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kimito Island online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Turku to Kimito Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kimito Island can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kimito Island

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

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna trip site .

You can drive from Kimito Island to Savonlinna in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. When traveling from Kimito Island in October, plan for slightly colder days in Savonlinna, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. On the 6th (Sat), kick back and relax at Hiukka and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Venajanhiekka. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Hiidenportti National Park.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sotkamo sightseeing planner.

Drive from Savonlinna to Sotkamo in 4.5 hours. October in Sotkamo sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Venajanhiekka
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Escape the urban bustle at Kiutakongas Rapids and Syote National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Riisitunturi National Park and Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre. When in Kuusamo, make a side trip to see Pieni Karhunkierros Trail in Juuma, approximately 38 minutes away.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo trip maker website .

You can drive from Sotkamo to Kuusamo in 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Syote National Park, Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, Riisitunturi National Park
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Syote National Park ©
Syote National Park
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, examine the collection at Siida, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Inari day trip website .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Kuusamo to Inari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in October, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
day
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mariehamn online travel route planner .

Getting from Inari to Mariehamn by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Inari in October: high temperatures in Mariehamn hover around 11°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Stromforsin ruukki. Let the collections at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria capture your imagination. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa in Ruotsinpyhtaa, approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip builder .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ruotsinpyhtaa
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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