13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 1 day
Fly
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Mariehamn
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 day
Fly
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Turku
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Inari
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Inari
— 1 night
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly

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Kotka

— 1 day
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. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the striking features of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, stroll around Katariina Seaside Park, then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kotka online journey planner.

Mumbai, India to Kotka is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Kotka. Traveling from Mumbai in October, expect Kotka to be much colder, temps between 8°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can fly to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get advice or help at Riihisaari, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Kotka to Savonlinna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 1 day
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 4th (Thu), walk around Lilla holmen, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Savonlinna to Mariehamn in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Savonlinna in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Mariehamn, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Fun & Games · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:

Turku

— 1 night
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 (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and finally get advice or help at Turku City Library.

To find maps and tourist information, read Turku journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. October in Turku sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:

Tampere

— 1 night

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 6th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 7th (Sun), get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Lake Inari and then go for a walk through Otsamo Fell.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tampere in October, things will get slightly colder in Inari: highs are around 3°C and lows about -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Helsinki

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Room Escape Games and Porvoo Old Town. Pack the 12th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip maker website.

Fly from Inari to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 12:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.