18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + train:  7​h 15​min
1
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Imatra
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Inari
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: London

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and Tampere Cathedral. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, look for gifts at Keittioelamaa, and steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip planner .

London, UK to Tampere is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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 26th (Thu): have fun at Moomin World, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then have fun at Adventure Park, and finally explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilla holmen, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, then head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, and then step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn travel planning site .

Getting from Turku to Mariehamn by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kobba Klintar ©
Kobba Klintar

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 30th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Savonlinna in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Linnansaari National Park
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

2
nights
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.
On the 1st (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Imatra travel route planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Imatra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Imatra, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Imatra

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lappeenranta
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Siida and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Inari driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle from Imatra to Inari in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Imatra in August: high temperatures in Inari hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Museums Trails
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Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Porvoo Old Town. Change things up with a short trip to Cathedral of Porvoo in Porvoo (about 48 minutes away). Pack the 7th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Sibelius Monument, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, make a trip to Hakaniemi Market, and examine the collection at Design Museum.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip 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. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Inari in August, with highs in Helsinki at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town

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