8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Turku
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  20​h
End: New York City

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), examine the collection at Design Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip builder website .

New York City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Helsinki is 7 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, you will find days in Helsinki are a bit cooler (61°F), and nights are cooler (45°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 13th (Thu), relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Inari online vacation builder .

Getting from Helsinki to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, Inari is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

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day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 14th (Fri), examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, steep yourself in history at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip builder .

Getting from Inari to Savonlinna by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. In September in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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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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day
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 15th (Sat): deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then explore the galleries of Turku Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Turku travel planner .

Getting from Savonlinna to Turku by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In September in Turku, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 16th (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kimito Island trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Kimito Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 44°F. On the 17th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park

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