11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 1 night
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly
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Turku
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly

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Kotka

— 1 night
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 2nd (Fri), examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kotka vacation planner.

Fargo, USA to Kotka is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Fargo to Kotka. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Fargo in August; daily highs in Kotka reach 68°F and lows reach 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 3:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and finally pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Kotka to Savonlinna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in August, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 4:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 1 night
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 5th (Mon), examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, then stroll around Lilla holmen, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern. Here are some ideas for day two: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kobba Klintar, then see the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, and finally take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Mariehamn visit planning website.

Getting from Savonlinna to Mariehamn by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Parks · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:

Turku

— 1 night
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 7th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, have fun at Adventure Park, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Turku tour site.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 7:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 8th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 8:

Helsinki

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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 9th (Fri), hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, admire the striking features of Cathedral of Porvoo, then make a trip to Porvoo Old Town, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Observatory Hill Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally stop by Katajanokka.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki route builder app.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."