12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  19​h
Kotka
— 1 night
train:  5​h 30​min
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Helsinki
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  17​h 30​min
End: Durham

1
night
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 24th (Tue): head off the coast to Haapasaari Island, enjoy some diversion at Katariina Seaside Park, and then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kotka trip maker .

Durham, USA to Kotka is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Durham to Kotka due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Durham in July, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Kotka: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Nature, #Fun & Games
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Katariina Seaside Park ©
Katariina Seaside Park
Haapasaari Island ©
Haapasaari Island

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, then get your bearings at Riihisaari, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Savonlinna online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Savonlinna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Museums

Side Trip

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mariehamn online road trip planner .

Getting from Savonlinna to Mariehamn by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

#Museums, #Fun & Games, #Historic Sites

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Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Room Escape Games

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 28th (Sat), get lost in a book at Turku City Library, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and finally enjoy some diversion at Moomin World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, then browse the exhibits of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Turku road trip planner.

Getting from Mariehamn to Turku by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 30th (Mon), try out the rides at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Moomin Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere planner .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Tampere are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Museums, #Childrens Museums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

3
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 1st (Wed): learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibelius Monument, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then make a trip to Senate Square, then hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, and finally don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner .

Take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Spas

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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