8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  12​h 15​min
Helsinki
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  24​h
End: Chicago

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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 7th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, and finally wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki online driving holiday planner .

Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Helsinki is 8 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chicago in October: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 48°F and lows are around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 8th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Savonlinna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Helsinki in October, expect nights in Savonlinna to be about the same, around 34°F, while days are little chillier, around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

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nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka and then explore the striking landscape of Venajanhiekka. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hiidenportti National Park.

Before you visit Sotkamo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Savonlinna to Sotkamo in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in October, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Sotkamo

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trip

Venajanhiekka
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Hiukka ©
Hiukka
Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park

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night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 11th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then hit the slopes at Ruka.

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You can drive from Sotkamo to Kuusamo in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in October, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

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night
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 12th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Turku route website .

Fly from Kuusamo to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kuusamo in October: high temperatures in Turku hover around 48°F and lows are around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

#Wildlife, #Beaches, #Parks
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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