9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Phoenix
Fly:  17​h 45​min
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Kotka
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
Phoenix

2
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.
On the 1st (Fri), look for gifts at Pien, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then wander the streets of Ullanlinna. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki journey site .

Phoenix, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Phoenix to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Phoenix in June, expect Helsinki to be cooler, temps between 65°F and 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Spas, #Shopping
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Ullanlinna ©
Ullanlinna

1
day
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 3rd (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in June, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

#Historic Sites, #Spas, #Parks
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Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

2
days
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, then have fun at Adventure Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

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Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Parks

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

2
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. On the 6th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila and then wander the streets of Stromforsin ruukki. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Kotka Sculpture Promenade, go for a walk through Linden Esplanade, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail, and finally stroll through Lehman.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kotka day trip planning tool .

Getting from Turku to Kotka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in June, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Stromforsin ruukki, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Lehman ©
Lehman

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