10 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

10 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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10 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 15​min
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Kuopio
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
San Francisco

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Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, then steep yourself in history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and then step off the mainland to explore Haapasaari Island.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kotka tour itinerary planning app .

San Francisco, USA to Kotka is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Kotka, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Kotka is a bit cooler than San Francisco - with highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Savonlinna.

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Haapasaari Island ©
Haapasaari Island
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 1st (Fri), make a trip to Riihisaari.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Savonlinna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Riihisaari ©
Riihisaari
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

1
day
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kuopio trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kuopio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

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Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Lutheran Cathedral ©
Lutheran Cathedral

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Tampere

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 4th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then examine the collection at Tampere City Library, Metso, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Kuopio to Tampere takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Tampere, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can take a train to Turku.

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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

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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 5th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Turku online travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Turku sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Archangel Michael's church ©
Archangel Michael's church

3
days
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Sibelius Monument. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo--about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, look for gifts at Taiga Colors, make a trip to Senate Square, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

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Porvoo Old Town
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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