22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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22 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  20​h
1
Porvoo
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Ristiina
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Rauma
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Tornio
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

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Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
On the 22nd (Sat), enjoy some diversion at Porvoo Swimming Pool, don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town, stop by Willatar, then go for a walk through The Devil's Stairs, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Fredrika Runebergs Park.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Porvoo road trip tool .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Porvoo is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September; daily highs in Porvoo reach 18°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Porvoo

Fun & Games Shopping Parks
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Willatar ©
Willatar
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town

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 23rd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and finally indulge your taste buds at Savonlinna Market Square. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna online trip planner .

You can drive from Porvoo to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Ristiina.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Linnansaari National Park
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

2
nights
Ristiina

Ristiina ©
Ristiina was a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, then head outdoors with Anjan Puisto, then pause for some photo ops at Mannerheim Statue, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Archangel Michael's Church, make a trip to Pursialan hiidenkirnu, get great views at Naisvuori Observation Tower, then see the interesting displays at Communications Centre Lokki, then examine the collection at Suur-Savon museo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savitaipale Church.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ristiina itinerary planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Ristiina in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Ristiina are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Ristiina

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Mikkeli, Savitaipale Church
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Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral
Savitaipale Church ©
Savitaipale Church
Suur-Savo Museum ©
Suur-Savo 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 27th (Thu): stroll through Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, enjoy the sand and surf at Suolijarvi Beach, then examine the collection at Spy Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Vanha Kirkko.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Ristiina to Tampere takes 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Tampere are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Spy Museum ©
Spy Museum

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 29th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, get a tailor-made plan with Ett Hem Museum, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally admire the striking features of Kuusisto Manor. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun at Moomin World, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Turku travel route planner .

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rauma.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kuusisto Manor, Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Ett Hem Museum ©
Ett Hem Museum

1
night
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, delve into the distant past at The Ruins of the Church of the Holy Trinity, examine the collection at Marela Museum House, then learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, then examine the collection at Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rauma online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Rauma takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Rauma

Museums Historic Sites
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Marela Museum House ©
Marela Museum House
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Huutoniemen kirkko, kick back and relax at Hietasaaren uimaranta, then explore the world behind art at Tikanoja Art Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kasarmintori ja ortodoksinen kirkko.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Vaasa trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Rauma to Vaasa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Vaasa sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Oulu.

Things to do in Vaasa

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Huutoniemen kirkko ©
Huutoniemen kirkko
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta

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night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 3rd (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Oulu Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Oulun Taidemuseo, then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Haukipudas Church.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Oulu trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Vaasa to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Oulu are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Tornio.

Things to do in Oulu

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Haukipudas Church
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church
Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus ©
Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus

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night
Tornio

Tornio ©
Tornio is a city and municipality in Lapland, Finland. On the 4th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kemi Church, explore the world behind art at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), then pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tornio sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Oulu to Tornio in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tornio

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kemi
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Sampo Icebreaker ©
Sampo Icebreaker
Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 5th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, then explore and take pictures at Lappi Areena, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally have fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi driving holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Tornio to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tornio in October: highs in Rovaniemi hover around 3°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fortress of Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rock Church and Kansallisgalleria. Pack the 10th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and stroll through Sibelius Monument.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Rovaniemi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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