11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  18​h
1
Kotka
— 1 night
2
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
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 30th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila and then head off the coast to Lehman. On the next day, steep yourself in history at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, then don't miss a visit to Linden Esplanade, and then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Kotka road trip planner.

New York City, USA to Kotka is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Kotka is 7 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in May, with highs in Kotka at 60°F and lows at 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Arboretum Mustila
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church ©
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna journey planning site .

Drive from Kotka to Savonlinna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 2nd (Sat), look for gifts at Tammelantori, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and then admire the masterpieces at Maltinranta Artcenter. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and finally explore the wide array of goods at City Sokos.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tampere holiday builder site .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Tampere are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

2
nights
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 5th (Tue): gain insight at Turku Cathedral, then browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, and then explore the galleries of Turku Castle.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Turku trip maker tool .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. June in Turku sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Kauppakeskus Mylly ©
Kauppakeskus Mylly

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Fortress of Suomenlinna and Rock Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, stop by Digelius Music, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and explore the wide array of goods at Stockmann's Department Store.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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