8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Manchester
Fly:  8​h 15​min
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
Manchester

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day
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 12th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Turku vacation planner.

Manchester, UK to Turku is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manchester to Turku due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in May, expect little chillier with lows of 5°C in Turku. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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hours
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna online trip planner .

Drive from Turku to Savonlinna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In May in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle

2
days
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 14th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry and then take a stroll through Stromforsin ruukki. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Lehman, then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, and then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kotka day trip planning website .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kotka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Stromforsin ruukki
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Lehman ©
Lehman
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria. Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Design Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Helsinki sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

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

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