19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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19 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Moline
Fly:  19 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  3 h 15 min
5
Rauma
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
7
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Kotka
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  6 h 15 min
9
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Moline

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Laajalahti Nature Reserve, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki journey maker website .

Moline, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Moline to Helsinki, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Helsinki is little chillier than Moline - with highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

Wildlife Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Laajalahti Nature Reserve
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 11th (Thu), get outside with Archipelago National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Soderlangvik, then stroll through Helsingholm Guest Harbour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oro.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kimito Island trip maker .

Drive from Helsinki to Kimito Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

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

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 13th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, and finally learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, browse the exhibits of Louhisaari Manor, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, and finally explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip website .

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 15th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, steep yourself in history at Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rauma.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, Kastelholm Castle
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

1
night
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, then take an in-depth tour of The Old Town Hall Museum, then stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Rauma trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mariehamn to Rauma in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. July in Rauma sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Rauma

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross
Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum ©

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere online day trip planner .

You can drive from Rauma to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 19th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, and finally stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites 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
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

3
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. Appreciate the collections at Salpa Line Museum and Maritime Centre Vellamo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum and World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki), Bunker Museum (in Virolahti) and Marian Kirkko (in Hamina). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenvuori, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Church.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kotka trip website .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kotka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Kotka, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Hamina, Kouvola, Arboretum Mustila, Salpa Line Museum, Hiidenvuori
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Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally take an exotic tour of Feelapland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, then get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum, and finally take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kotka to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Tatuka Reindeerfarm
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

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