11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

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 photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online route builder.

Newport News, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 7 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Newport News in October: highs in Helsinki hover around 48°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to 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 ©
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): delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, thenvisit Linden Esplanade, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at Bunker Museum, thenwalk around Riverside Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Mansikkalahti.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kotka journey planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Kotka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Kotka are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, Bunker Museum
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
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): enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island, thentake an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku vacation planner.

Getting from Kotka to Turku by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. 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 Parks Wildlife
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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, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Inari itinerary planner.

Getting from Turku to Inari by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. 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 ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

3
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
You've now added Yllas Ski Resort to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get outside with Seven Fells Up. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo trip maker website.

You can drive from Inari to Akaslompolo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or 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

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

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