10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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10 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Kotka
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Riyadh

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.
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of Porvoo and Castle Hill. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre (in Vantaa) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). Pack the 3rd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, and identify plant and animal life at Laajalahti Nature Reserve.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Helsinki sightseeing website .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Helsinki is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, Helsinki is cooler than Riyadh - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Porvoo, Laajalahti Nature Reserve, Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo

1
night
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 5th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Soderlangvik and then expand your understanding of the military at Oro.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kimito Island route website .

You can drive from Helsinki to Kimito Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July in Kimito Island, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Oro ©
Oro

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Turku online road trip planner .

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
night
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 7th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Tampere holiday planner .

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. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, and then examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church, identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marian Kirkko, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Kotka vacation planning tool .

You can drive from Tampere to Kotka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hamina, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Arboretum Mustila
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St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral ©

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