19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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19 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly + Drive:  17​h 15​min
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Kuopio
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
7
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Portland

2
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Repovesi National Park and Sapokka Water Garden. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, go for a walk through Linden Esplanade, take in nature's colorful creations at Palotorninvuori Park, and stroll around Riverside Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kotka day trip planning site .

Portland, USA to Kotka is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Portland to Kotka. Traveling from Portland in September, things will get a bit cooler in Kotka: highs are around 59°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Repovesi National Park
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 11th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, then examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Kotka to Savonlinna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kuopio.

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
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

2
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Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and then enjoy some diversion at Vainolanniemi.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuopio trip planner.

Drive from Savonlinna to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September in Kuopio, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Riuttala Farmhouse Museum
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Room Escape Games
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 14th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and then don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tampere visit planning tool .

Take a train from Kuopio to Tampere in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September in Tampere, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Turku Castle and Turku City Library. Step out of Turku with an excursion to Old Rauma in Rauma--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Turku attractions planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Old Rauma, Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): stroll around Lilla holmen, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Mariehamn vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Fun & Games Parks
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Room Escape Games

5
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 Kansallisgalleria. Venture out of the city with trips to Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Hakaniemi Market, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church.

To see photos and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, daytime highs in Helsinki are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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