11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
1
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
5
Sotkamo
— 1 night
Drive to Kajaani Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly

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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta and then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip site.

London, UK to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Tampere is 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from London in November: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 3°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:

1
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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 1st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To find reviews and other tourist information, use the Turku travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:

1
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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 2nd (Sun), head off the coast to Lehman, then take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and then wander the streets of Linden Esplanade.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip app.

Getting from Turku to Kotka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. December in Kotka sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -6°C at night. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 3:

1
night
Savonlinna

The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Kotka to Savonlinna in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:

1
night
Sotkamo

Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. On the 5th (Wed), stroll through Hiukka.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sotkamo trip planner.

Drive from Savonlinna to Sotkamo in 4.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Sotkamo can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:

3
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Helsinki

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.
Get some historical perspective at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Helsinki Cathedral. Let the collections at The National Museum of Finland and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma capture your imagination. The adventure continues: stop by Katajanokka, explore the world behind art at Alvar Aalto's studio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aurinkolahti Beach, and kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip website.

Explore your travel options from Sotkamo to Helsinki with the Route module. In December, Helsinki is a bit warmer than Sotkamo - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:

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."