7 days in Finland Itinerary

7 days in Finland Itinerary

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7 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Chicago

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 12th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip builder tool .

Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, things will get little chillier in Helsinki: highs are around 69°F and lows about 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 14th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally savor the flavors at Savonlinna Market Square.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna travel route planning website .

You can drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

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Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

1
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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 15th (Wed), experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, and finally take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo itinerary tool .

You can fly from Savonlinna to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kuusamo

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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm ©

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Turku holiday planning app .

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Turku takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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