11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Nairobi

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.
On the 13th (Mon), walk around Kaivopuisto, then take a stroll through Katajanokka, then admire the striking features of Cathedral of Porvoo, and finally make a trip to Porvoo Old Town. On your second day here, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, don't miss a visit to Hakaniemi Market, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and finally get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip maker app .

Nairobi, Kenya to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Nairobi to Helsinki is minus 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then see the interesting displays at Postal Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally make a trip to Nasinneula Tower.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tampere online tour planner .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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 16th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, and finally take an in-depth tour of Naantali museum. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then browse the collection at Turku City Library, and finally learn more about the world around you at Turku Biological Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Turku tour builder .

Getting from Tampere to Turku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. July in Turku sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, explore the world behind art at The Aland Island Art Museum, have fun and explore at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, then walk around Lilla holmen, and finally learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mariehamn day trip website .

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kastelholm Castle
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get all the information you need at Riihisaari, pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, examine the collection at S/S Salama, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna holiday planner.

Fly from Mariehamn to Savonlinna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Riihisaari ©
Riihisaari

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lemin kirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, then see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, and finally step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

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Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Imatra Waterfall
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

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. On the 21st (Tue), wander the streets of Hamina Old Town, examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, then head off the coast to Lehman, and finally step off the mainland to explore Rankki Island.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotka day trip planning website .

Drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Kotka sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hamina Old Town
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Lehman ©
Lehman

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