8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  19​h
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Calgary

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, and then take a stroll through Stromforsin ruukki.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Helsinki day trip app .

Calgary, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Calgary to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Helsinki are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Imatra.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods

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Stromforsin ruukki
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

1
night
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, and then step off the mainland to explore Malonsaari.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Imatra trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Imatra takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Imatra can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Imatra to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

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#Historic Sites
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 14th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

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Getting from Savonlinna to Turku by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. September in Turku sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Sat).

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#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Nature
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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