18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
3
Inari
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Fortress of Suomenlinna. Step off the beaten path and head to Hakaniemi Market and Market Square Kauppatori. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), examine the collection at Design Museum, and browse the range of quality goods at Stockmann's Department Store.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online trip itinerary maker .

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 changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Shopping, #Historic Sites
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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): steep yourself in history at Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, take an in-depth tour of Kobba Klintar, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mariehamn trip builder site .

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 train and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Mariehamn

#Museums, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Visiting Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and Lake Inari will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Siida and Gold Prospector Museum. Spend the 16th (Fri) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Mariehamn to Inari takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mariehamn in August: high temperatures in Inari hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Trails

Side Trips

Lemmenjoki National Park, Gold Prospector Museum
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Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Siida ©
Siida
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Get outdoors at Kiutakongas Rapids and Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jalavan Kauppa and Riisitunturi National Park. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Julma Olkky, experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, and stop by Shopping Center Kumpare.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Kuusamo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel 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
Jalavan Kauppa ©
Jalavan Kauppa

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, 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 look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip tool .

Getting from Kuusamo to Savonlinna by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trips

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

1
night
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Soderlangvik and then identify plant and animal life at Oro.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kimito Island trip planner .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Tours
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bellevue Beach and Turku Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Teijo national park (in Pernio). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Vepsa Island and make a trip to Archangel Michael's church.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Turku day trip website .

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Kurjenrahka National Park, Teijo national park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park

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