20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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20 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hanko
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Vaasa
— 2 nights
5
Oulu
— 1 night
6
Kittila
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Kemijarvi
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
8
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Suomussalmi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Kajaani
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
11
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: Helsinki

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 8th (Mon): admire the striking features of Rock Church, browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then take a stroll through Ullanlinna.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Helsinki road trip website .

Minneapolis, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Minneapolis to Helsinki, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, things will get a bit cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 71°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hanko.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Ullanlinna ©
Ullanlinna

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nights
Hanko

Hanko ©
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Hanko Water Tower, trek along Tulliniemi Nature Path, and then kick back and relax at Bellevue Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hanko route planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Hanko takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Hanko

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Teijo National Park
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Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Tulliniemi Nature Path ©
Tulliniemi Nature Path

1
night
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 12th (Fri): get your game on at Moomin World, browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku tour planning tool .

Drive from Hanko to Turku in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

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nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Vaasa: Powerpark (in Harma) and Kyr0 Distillery Company (in Isokyro). Spend a day of island exploring on the 15th (Mon) at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Vaasa travel planning site .

You can drive from Turku to Vaasa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. July in Vaasa sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Oulu.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kyr0 Distillery Company, Powerpark
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kyr0 Distillery Company ©
Kyr0 Distillery Company
Bock’s Corner Brewery ©
Bock’s Corner Brewery

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night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral, stroll through Ainolan Puisto, enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, and finally pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Oulu day trip website .

You can drive from Vaasa to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Oulu are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Kittila.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Ainolan Puisto ©
Ainolan Puisto
Oulu Cathedral ©
Oulu Cathedral

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night
Kittila

Kittila ©
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kittila holiday planner.

You can drive from Oulu to Kittila in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. July in Kittila sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kemijarvi.

Things to do in Kittila

Trails Winter Sports Tours

Side Trip

Levi Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

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hours
Kemijarvi

Kemijarvi
Kemijärvi is a municipality of Finland. For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kemijarvi online trip maker .

You can drive from Kittila to Kemijarvi in 3 hours. July in Kemijarvi sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Kemijarvi

Historic Sites
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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Get outdoors at Kiutakongas Rapids and The Predator Center in Kuusamo. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Karhunkierros, admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, hit the slopes at Ruka, and stop by Shopping Center Kumpare.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Kemijarvi to Kuusamo in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Suomussalmi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka

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nights
Suomussalmi

Suomussalmi ©
Suomussalmi is a municipality in Finland and is located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hossa National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Suomussalmi online itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Suomussalmi takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kajaani.

Things to do in Suomussalmi

Parks Nature
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Hossa National Park ©
Hossa National Park

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Kajaani

Kajaani ©
On the 23rd (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Kajaani Castle ruins, then enjoy some friendly competition at Vuokatti Bowling, and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kajaani vacation planner .

Drive from Suomussalmi to Kajaani in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kajaani

Theme Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vuokatti
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Kajaani Castle ruins ©
Kajaani Castle ruins

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Take a break from the city and head to Lammassaari Island and Punkaharju Ridge. Change things up with these side-trips from Savonlinna: Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi) and Imatra (Lempukka Beach & Imatra Waterfall). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip builder app .

Drive from Kajaani to Savonlinna in 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Imatra, Punkaharju Ridge, Kerimaki Church, Linnansaari National Park
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island

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