10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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10 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Levi
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Houston

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then wander the streets of Ullanlinna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and then stroll through Hietaranta Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip planner .

Houston, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Houston in April; daily highs in Helsinki reach 46°F and lows reach 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Beaches Outdoors
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma ©
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

3
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. Marian kirkko and Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Linden Esplanade and Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kotka: Hiidenvuori (in Iitti) and Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki). And it doesn't end there: hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, admire the landmark architecture of Main Building of Military School, enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Mansikkalahti, and get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Church.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kotka route planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Kotka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Hamina, Arboretum Mustila, Hiidenvuori
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

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nights
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 27th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Henry's Ecumenical Art Chapel, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally take a peaceful walk through Kurjenrahka National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Turku road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Turku takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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Levi

Levi
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Levi travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Turku to Levi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Turku in April, things will get slightly colder in Levi: highs are around 38°F and lows about 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Wildlife Parks
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