8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Inari
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h
5
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  14​h 45​min
End: Madison

1
night
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 15th (Sat): make a trip to Archangel Michael's church and then explore the galleries of Turku Castle. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Turku holiday planner.

Madison, USA to Turku is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Madison in September, things will get little chillier in Turku: highs are around 60°F and lows about 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 17th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then hit the slopes at Ruka.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kuusamo trip itinerary site .

Fly from Turku to Kuusamo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Turku in September, you will find days in Kuusamo are a bit cooler (52°F), and nights are about the same (40°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 18th (Tue), examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

1
day
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): experience rural life at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, examine the collection at Siida, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Juutua Nature Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Inari planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Savonlinna to Inari in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Savonlinna in September: high temperatures in Inari hover around 52°F and lows are around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Outdoors Trails
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Ullanlinna, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from Inari to Helsinki by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Inari - with highs of 61°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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