18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mariehamn
— 2 nights
Fly
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Turku
— 2 nights
Train
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Hameenlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Train
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Kuopio
— 1 night
Bus
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Kuusamo
— 1 night
Bus
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Inari
— 2 nights
Bus
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
You've added Kaivopuisto, Market Square Kauppatori, Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 27th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St Henry, and then walk around Observatory Hill (Tahtitorninmaki). On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, hunt for treasures at Old Market Hall, make a trip to Isosaari, then explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally examine the collection at Submarine Vesikko.

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

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in September, with highs in Helsinki at 19°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Mariehamn

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. You've added Aland Maritime Museum, Getabergen, Museumship Pommern, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 30th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then see the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Getabergen. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Bomarsund and then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Mariehamn takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Uto, Kylamaki Village of Living History, Archangel Michael's church, and other attractions you added. On the 2nd (Wed), trek along The Archipelago Trail, then see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, and then enjoy the sea views from Uto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, examine the collection at Turku Biological Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku vacation planner.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hameenlinna.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Trails

Hameenlinna

— 2 nights
Hämeenlinna is a city and municipality of about inhabitants in the heart of the historical province of Häme in the south of Finland. Your list of things to see and do now includes Hauhon kirkko, Evo Hiking Area, Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Hauhon kirkko, explore the historical opulence of Hame Castle, see the interesting displays at Museo Militaria, then walk around Aulanko, then contemplate the long history of Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, and finally identify plant and animal life at Evo Hiking Area.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hameenlinna day trip website.

Take a train from Turku to Hameenlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. You've added The Sippola church, Utti Fort, Pyhan Ristin kirkko, and other attractions to your itinerary. It doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kouvola trip planner.

Drive from Hameenlinna to Kouvola in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Kouvola sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kuopio.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Kuopio

— 1 night
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Your day by day itinerary now includes Konttila, Puijo Tower, Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Snellman Park and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kuopio driving holiday site.

Traveling by train from Kouvola to Kuopio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Kuusamo

— 1 night
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Your day by day itinerary now includes Julma Olkky as well as Kiutakongas Rapids. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Julma Olkky, then identify plant and animal life at The Predator Center in Kuusamo, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kuusamo trip planner.

You can take a bus from Kuopio to Kuusamo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Kuopio in October, expect Kuusamo to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Inari

— 2 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Your day by day itinerary now includes Husky & Co, Otsamo Fell and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, get outside with Lake Inari, stroll through Juutua Nature Trail, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

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Traveling by bus from Kuusamo to Inari takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Inari can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You've added Christmas House Santa, Hiidenkirnut, German Soldier s Cemetery, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 13th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Hiidenkirnut, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, and finally stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): see Santa Claus Office, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and then examine the collection at Christmas House Santa.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi road trip website.

Getting from Inari to Rovaniemi by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

Aland Island travel guide

3.8
Specialty Museums · Military Museums · Historic Sites
There are many things that distinguish the autonomous Aland Islands from the rest of Finland, including the fact that they have their own parliament, issue their own stamps, and speak Swedish as the official language. The archipelago, situated in the Gulf of Bothnia, includes over 6,000 islands, of which about 80 are inhabited. Many of the area's dining and accommodation options can be found on the picturesque main island, where 90 percent of the population resides. Natural beauty and an assortment of historical buildings make the islands an attractive holiday option. With a very flat landscape, cycling is one of the most popular, efficient, and enjoyable ways to get around. Regular ferries hop between the isles.