8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Kotka
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): stop by Marimekko, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then appreciate the history behind Sibelius Monument, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, tour the pleasant surroundings at Korkeasaari Zoo, and then make a trip to Porvoo Old Town.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Helsinki online travel route builder .

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 10 hours. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm and then hike along Kiutakongas Rapids. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, and then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kuusamo trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Kuusamo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in July, you will find days in Kuusamo are little chillier (66°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Trails, #Parks

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

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), take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral and then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kuusamo to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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 29th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Linden Esplanade, identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Santalahti Nature Trail.

To see where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Kotka trip planner .

You can drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July in Kotka, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Trails

Side Trip

Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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