9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Helsinki
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Helsinki

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Spas & Wellness. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Helsinki. In May, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Kotka.

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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Spas & Wellness
Ullanlinna ©
Ullanlinna

3
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stromforsin ruukki and Haapasaari Island. There's still lots to do: stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, take in nature's colorful creations at Fuksinpuisto Park, and take a stroll through Linden Esplanade.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kotka journey maker website .

Drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Kotka sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Pori.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

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

1
day
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 4th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Pori online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Pori takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tampere.

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#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

2
days
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Suolijarvi Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Pori to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Tampere, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to take a train back home.

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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Spas & Wellness
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

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