10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Knoxville
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Tampere
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Kouvola
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Knoxville

1
night
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 13th (Tue): admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Cathedral of Porvoo, then walk around The Esplanadi Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary app.

Knoxville, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Knoxville in August, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 69°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Cathedral of Porvoo
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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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 15th (Thu): browse the collection at Turku City Library, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Turku tour site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. August in Turku sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

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

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night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 16th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, then take an in-depth tour of Rosenlew Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Pori trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Pori sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach
Rosenlew Museum ©
Rosenlew Museum

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night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 17th (Sat), take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tampere travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower

4
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Take a break from the city and head to Imatra Waterfall and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Explore hidden gems such as Repovesi National Park and Sapokka Water Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Lammassaari Island (in Imatra), Riverside Park (in Kotka) and Sandcastle Lappeenranta (in Lappeenranta). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kouvola trip planner.

Getting from Tampere to Kouvola by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Imatra, Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Sandcastle Lappeenranta
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

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