12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
2
Pori
— 2 nights
3
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Atlanta

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 21st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kotka road trip planner.

Atlanta, USA to Kotka is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 7 hours. When traveling from Atlanta in August, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Kotka: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Salpa Line Museum
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 23rd (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Pori itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kotka to Pori in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

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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 24th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Turku day trip planning site .

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Kauppakeskus Mylly ©
Kauppakeskus Mylly
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): stroll through Lilla holmen, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn road trip planner.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Fun & Games Parks
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Room Escape Games

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Head to Hakaniemi Market and Artisaanifor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Fortress of Suomenlinna, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, and take a stroll through Katajanokka.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki day trip planner.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Helsinki in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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