11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Newport News
Fly:  23​h
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Inari
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
5
Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Newport News

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 21st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence and then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip website .

Newport News, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newport News to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newport News in October, you will find days in Helsinki are much colder (48°F), and nights are slightly colder (35°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): hike along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Bunker Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, and finally kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kotka trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Kotka, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Arboretum Mustila, Bunker Museum
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Bunker Museum ©
Bunker Museum

1
night
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 25th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Turku trip builder 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 October, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Turku

Beaches Nature Outdoors
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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 26th (Sat), get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Inari itinerary planner.

Getting from Turku to Inari by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October, Inari is a bit cooler than Turku - with highs of 37°F and lows of 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

3
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Yllas Ski Resort has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get outside with Seven Fells Up and then get outside with Scandinavian Adventures. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and then experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Akaslompolo road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Inari to Akaslompolo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 27°F at night. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, Sarestoniemi Museum, Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm
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Scandinavian Adventures ©
Scandinavian Adventures
Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

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