21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

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21 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Marquette
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Inari
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Marquette

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step off the beaten path and head to Turku Castle and Bellevue Beach. Popular historic sites such as Turku Cathedral and Archangel Michael's church are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Teijo national park (in Pernio) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). It doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner .

Marquette, USA to Turku is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Teijo National Park, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, stroll through Kobba Klintar, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mariehamn trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. May in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral and then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna vacation maker tool .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Savonlinna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. May in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 39°F at night. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church, Linnansaari National Park
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

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nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Venajanhiekka and then get outside with Kainuun Vaellustalli. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Vuokatinvaara and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Sotkamo trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Savonlinna to Sotkamo by car takes about 4.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Sotkamo are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Venajanhiekka, Vuokatinvaara
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Kainuun Vaellustalli ©
Kainuun Vaellustalli
Vuokatinvaara ©
Vuokatinvaara

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nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 22nd (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. On the next day, experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruka.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Kuusamo takes 3.5 hours. While traveling from Sotkamo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kuusamo, ranging from highs of 50°F to lows of 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

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

1
night
Akaslompolo

Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Akaslompolo road trip site .

Getting from Kuusamo to Akaslompolo by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in May, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

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nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Siida, then experience rural life at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then do sightseeing your way with Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park.

For more things to do and tourist information, use the Inari online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Inari in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Inari are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fortress of Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori, stop by Pien, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki visit planner .

Getting from Inari to Helsinki by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in May, expect Helsinki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 60°F and 43°F. On the 31st (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria