8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  17​h 15​min
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Kotka
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Denver

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 13th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Turku road trip planning app .

Denver, USA to Turku is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Denver to Turku, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in September, expect Turku to be slightly colder, temps between 60°F and 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Turku

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, then hit the slopes at Ruka, and then take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids.

To see ratings and tourist information, use the Kuusamo vacation website .

Traveling by flight from Turku to Kuusamo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Turku in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kuusamo: temperatures range from 52°F by day to 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

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 16th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

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Getting from Kuusamo to Savonlinna by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums

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

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 17th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, then step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, then kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach, and finally head off the coast to Malonsaari.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Imatra road trip tool .

Getting from Savonlinna to Imatra by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Imatra

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

2
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 18th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church, then take in the pleasant sights at Linden Esplanade, then hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lehman. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Stromforsin ruukki.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kotka day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Imatra to Kotka in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

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Stromforsin ruukki
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Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Kotka Church ©
Kotka Church

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