18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The National Museum of Finland. Head to Hakaniemi Market and Stockmann Department Storefor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Helsinki is 1 hour. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, stroll through Kobba Klintar, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mariehamn trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Mariehamn in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Inari.

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
Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården ©

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Escape the urban bustle at Lemmenjoki National Park and Lake Inari. You'll explore and learn at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Gold Prospector Museum. There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Inari planner.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Inari in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Mariehamn in August, expect Inari to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Gold Prospector Museum, Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Visiting Riisitunturi National Park and Pieni Karhunkierros Trail will get you outdoors. Head to Jalavan Kauppa and Shopping Center Kumparefor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Julma Olkky, relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Kuusamo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, Jalavan Kauppa, Riisitunturi National Park
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna attractions planner.

Getting from Kuusamo to Savonlinna by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

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

1
night
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Archipelago National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Soderlangvik Gard and then identify plant and animal life at Oro.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kimito Island trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kimito Island in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. In August, daytime highs in Kimito Island are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

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

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step off the beaten path and head to Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turku Cathedral and Archangel Michael's church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Bellevue Beach (in Hanko), Teijo National Park (in Pernio) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Vepsa Island.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip builder website.

Getting from Kimito Island to Turku by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Teijo National Park, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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