13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Helsinki

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kansallisgalleria and Hietaranta Beach. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Vantaa Art Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Design Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Helsinki. May in Helsinki sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Vantaa Art Museum
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

3
nights
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. On the 11th (Fri), make a trip to Linden Esplanade, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail, and then wander the streets of Stromforsin ruukki. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Lehman and then examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kotka road trip planning website .

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Kotka are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Salpa Line Museum, Stromforsin ruukki
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki

2
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 13th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, then kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko. Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at Flowpark, explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, then get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Lappeen Marian kirkko.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lappeenranta trip planner .

You can drive from Kotka to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Imatra
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon 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 15th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna attractions app .

Getting from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Museum-lovers will get to explore Louhisaari Manor and Ett Hem Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Old Rauma), Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Teijo national park (in Pernio). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, head off the coast to Vepsa Island, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Turku online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Turku takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Turku sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Turku

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Rauma, Kurjenrahka National Park, Louhisaari Manor, Teijo national park
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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