10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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10 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 1 night
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Inari
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Turku
— 1 day
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Tampere
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Paris

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 11th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, appreciate the history behind Sibelius Monument, then don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town, and finally make a trip to Market Square Kauppatori.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki holiday planner .

Paris, France to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Paris in October, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between 10°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, then let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park, then stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kotka trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth ©
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 15th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip site .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Savonlinna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

1
day
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 16th (Tue), go for a walk through Otsamo Fell, examine the collection at Siida, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Inari day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Savonlinna to Inari takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Savonlinna in October, with highs in Inari at 3°C and lows at -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
day
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 17th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Turku tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Turku takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. In October, Turku is a bit warmer than Inari - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and Tampere Cathedral. Step out of Tampere with an excursion to Holy Cross Church in Parola--about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tampere day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October in Tampere, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Holy Cross Church
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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