11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Fort Smith
Fly:  26​h
1
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Hamina
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Inari
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Fort Smith

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 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and finally browse the exhibits of Turku Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Vepsa Island, then admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip maker website .

Fort Smith, USA to Turku is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Fort Smith to Turku. In December, Turku is little chillier than Fort Smith - with highs of 34°F and lows of 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, then wander the streets of Katajanokka, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip maker .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Hamina.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

2
nights
Hamina

Hamina ©
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. On the 1st (Wed), make a trip to Linden Esplanade, enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Mansikkalahti, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marian Kirkko, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Hamina Town Hall, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum, then learn about all things military at Bunker Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Main Building of Military School.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hamina tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Helsinki to Hamina in 2 hours. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Hamina to be slightly colder, temps between 30°F and 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Hamina

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kotka, Salpa Line Museum, Bunker Museum
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Bunker Museum ©
Bunker Museum
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church
Marian Kirkko ©
Marian Kirkko

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip planner .

Drive from Hamina to Savonlinna in 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 20°F, while at night they dip to 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) 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
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

1
day
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 4th (Sat), get great views at Otsamo Fell, examine the collection at Siida, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Inari vacation planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Savonlinna to Inari takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Savonlinna in January, things will get a bit cooler in Inari: highs are around 15°F and lows about 1°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

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