19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Laajalahti Nature Reserve, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip builder website.

Moline, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 19- hour flight. Traveling from Moline to Helsinki, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Helsinki is a bit cooler than Moline - with highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 11th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Archipelago National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik Gard, take in the waterfront activity at Helsingholm Guest Harbour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oro.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kimito Island trip planner.

You can 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.
On the 13th (Sat), deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, see the interesting displays at Louhisaari Manor, then admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Turku sightseeing planner.

Drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Louhisaari Manor
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Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit 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, then step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Mariehamn by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can 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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, enjoy the sea views from Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, get engrossed in the history at The Old Town Hall Museum, then look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rauma day trip app.

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. In July, daytime highs in Rauma are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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 ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, then look for all kinds of wild species 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: look for all kinds of wild species at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip maker tool.

You can drive from Rauma to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Tampere sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna road trip website.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In July in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

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
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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maritime Centre Vellamo and Salpa Line Museum. Explore hidden gems such as World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill and Arboretum Mustila. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kotka: Marian Kirkko (in Hamina), Bunker Museum (in Virolahti) and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Church, take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenvuori, and look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kotka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hamina, Kouvola, Salpa Line Museum, Arboretum Mustila, Bunker Museum
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Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum ©
Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge 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): see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally see the top attractions with Feelapland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kotka to Rovaniemi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In July in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 52°F at night. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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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