8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  28​h
1
Turku
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
4
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
day
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 6th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Turku route builder .

Melbourne, Australia to Turku is an approximately 28-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Turku. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in August; daily highs in Turku reach 23°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

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Parks Wildlife Nature
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

1
night
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 7th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Inari itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Turku to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In August, Inari is a bit cooler than Turku - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

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

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 9th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Savonlinna takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Inari in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Savonlinna, with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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 10th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Ullanlinna, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

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You can drive from Savonlinna to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can 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 ©
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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