10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly to Kajaani Airport, Drive to Sotkamo
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Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
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Turku
— 1 day
Drive
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Kimito Island
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Hakaniemi Market and Stockmann Department Store. Shop till you drop at Market Square Kauppatori and Artisaani. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, stop by Taiga Colors, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planner.

Oakland, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. When traveling from Oakland in October, plan for colder days in Helsinki, with highs around 48°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

Sotkamo

— 2 nights
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): kick back and relax at Hiukka and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venajanhiekka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Hiidenportti National Park.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sotkamo trip itinerary tool.

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Sotkamo with the Route module. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in October, with highs in Sotkamo at 41°F and lows at 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 10th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, get a taste of the local shopping with Savonlinna Market Square, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna online trip maker.

You can drive from Sotkamo to Savonlinna in 4.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:

Turku

— 1 day
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 11th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and then stroll through Vepsa Island.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip site.

You can fly from Savonlinna to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:

Kimito Island

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stroll through Archipelago National Park. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Soderlangvik gard.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kimito Island online trip builder.

You can drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."