11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  18 h
1
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
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. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila and then kick back and relax at Lehman. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, then make a trip to Linden Esplanade, and then hike along Santalahti Nature Trail.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kotka trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Kotka is an approximately 21.5- hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Kotka is 7 hours. In May, Kotka is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car 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
Lehman ©
Lehman

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 1st (Fri), see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna route planner.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Savonlinna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

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

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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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and then explore the world behind art at Maltinranta Artcenter. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and finally explore the wide array of goods at City Sokos.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tampere day trip app.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In June, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

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nights
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 5th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, and then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Turku travel tool.

Getting from Tampere to Turku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June in Turku, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time 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

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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.
Shop till you drop at Hakaniemi Market and Digelius Music. Museum-lovers will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The National Museum of Finland. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori, and look for gifts at Artisaani.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Helsinki travel site.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna