18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Inari
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  5 h
5
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  23 h
End: Cape Town

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Hietaranta Beach. Head to Hakaniemi Market and Artekfor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, stop by Digelius Music, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Helsinki attractions planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 19-hour flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in July: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Shopping Outdoors
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Take a break from the city and head to Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and Inari Reindeerfarm. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Siida and The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos. Spend the 29th (Sun) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Inari trip website .

Getting from Helsinki to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in July, expect Inari to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Inari Reindeer Farm ©
Inari Reindeer Farm

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 30th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre and then experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kuusamo road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Kuusamo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum and then see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mariehamn trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Kuusamo to Mariehamn by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Pori.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma and then stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, then stroll through Herrainpaivat Beach, and then see the interesting displays at Villa Mairea.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Pori tour planner.

Getting from Mariehamn to Pori by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daytime highs in Pori are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Rauma, Villa Mairea
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach
Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea

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 4th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum. On the next day, hike along Kurjenrahka National Park and then head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Turku online trip maker .

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Step out of the city life by going to Oro and Archipelago National Park. Explore hidden gems such as Soderlangvik and Helsingholm Guest Harbour.

Planning Kimito Island trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kimito Island are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kimito Island

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

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