11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  2​h
4
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Kimito Island
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Helsinki

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rock Church and Helsinki Cathedral. Escape the urban bustle at Nuuksio National Park and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take a stroll through Katajanokka, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip builder site .

If you are flying in from France, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Thu) before leaving for Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Olavinlinna Castle. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle and then make a trip to Sandcastle Lappeenranta. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kouvola visit planner .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 10th (Sat), you'll travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Olavinlinna Castle, Sandcastle Lappeenranta
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 10th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Tampere takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 12th (Mon), shop like a local with Galleria Joella, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and finally wander the streets of Naantali Old Town. Keep things going the next day: let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip planner .

Getting from Tampere to Turku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
day
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): go for a stroll along the water at Helsingholm Guest Harbour and then take an in-depth tour of Soderlangvik.

Plan a Kimito Island trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kimito Island are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Museums
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Helsingholm Guest Harbour ©
Helsingholm Guest Harbour

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