24 days in Finland Itinerary

24 days in Finland Itinerary

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24 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Alicante
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  5​h
3
Imatra
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Inari
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Alicante

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Appreciate the collections at Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Step off the beaten path and head to Teijo national park and Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Old Rauma (in Rauma) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden, and hike along The Archipelago Trail.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Turku road trip app .

Alicante, Spain to Turku is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Alicante to Turku is 1 hour. When traveling from Alicante in July, plan for little chillier days in Turku, with highs around 24°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Kultaranta Garden, Teijo National Park, Old Rauma
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll through Kobba Klintar, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and then examine the collection at Museumship Pommern. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, then steep yourself in history at Salis Batteri, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mariehamn journey builder website .

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aland Island, Kastelholm Castle, Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

2
nights
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
On the 30th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Malonsaari, step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, and then admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, then explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Imatra trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Mariehamn to Imatra takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In July, daytime highs in Imatra are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lappeenranta
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

3
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Shop till you drop at Taito Shop Savonlinna and Savonlinna Market Square. Get some historical perspective at Olavinlinna Castle and Pikkukirkko. Get out of town with these interesting Savonlinna side-trips: Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala) and Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna route builder app .

Traveling by car from Imatra to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Step out of the city life by going to Kiutakongas Rapids and Karhunkierros. For shopping fun, head to Shopping Center Kumpare or Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop. Get out of town with these interesting Kuusamo side-trips: Riisitunturi National Park (in Posio) and Pieni Karhunkierros Trail (in Juuma).

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo travel site .

Fly from Savonlinna to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. August in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, Riisitunturi National Park
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Siida and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and Lake Inari. Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Inari online itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Kuusamo to Inari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

6
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Stromforsin ruukki and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hakaniemi Market and Market Square Kauppatori. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). Pack the 15th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, stop by Boss Shop, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip builder .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Porvoo, Stromforsin ruukki
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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