18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Kemi
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Oulu
— 1 night
4
Kuopio
— 1 night
5
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
7
Porvoo
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
8
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Seattle

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Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Visiting Luosto Adventures and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy, get a taste of life in the country at Poro Farmi, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Seattle to Rovaniemi. Traveling from Seattle in June, things will get little chillier in Rovaniemi: highs are around 60°F and lows about 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Luosto Adventures
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 24th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Kemi Church, head off the coast to Perameren Kansallispuisto, then admire the masterpieces at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), and finally get engrossed in the history at The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kemi day trip planning site .

Take a train from Rovaniemi to Kemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in June, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Oulu.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley
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Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church

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Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Haukipudas Church, then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Outdoors Oulu Oy, and finally walk around Hupisaaret Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Oulu trip planning website .

Getting from Kemi to Oulu by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Haukipudas Church
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Outdoors Oulu Oy ©
Outdoors Oulu Oy
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park

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Kuopio

Kuopio
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, take in nature's colorful creations at Snellman Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and finally trek along Saaristokatu.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Kuopio trip planning site .

You can drive from Oulu to Kuopio in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. June in Kuopio sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks Nature Trails
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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 27th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park, and then appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, explore the striking landscape of Kolovesi National Park, and then browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna driving holiday app .

You can drive from Kuopio to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Kolovesi National Park, Linnansaari National Park
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 29th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Kummakivi Boulder, then head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Puumalan Lake, then don't miss a visit to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and then explore the activities along Saimaa Canal.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta trip planning website .

Drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in June, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Porvoo.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Imatra, Puumalan Lake, Kummakivi Boulder
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Puumalan Lake ©
Puumalan Lake
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall

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Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Söderskärin majakka and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Arboretum Mustila. Get out of town with these interesting Porvoo side-trips: Hiidenkirnut (in Askola), Kotka (Santalahti Nature Trail, Riverside Park, & more) and Hiidenvuori (in Iitti).

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Porvoo trip planner .

Drive from Lappeenranta to Porvoo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Porvoo, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Helsinki.

Things to do in Porvoo

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Kotka, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Hiidenvuori, Hiidenkirnut, Arboretum Mustila
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Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nuuksio National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church for their historical value. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Paavolan Tammi in Lohjan Island, approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki route builder app .

Getting from Porvoo to Helsinki by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Paavolan Tammi
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church