13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
5
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
End: Helsinki

2
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The National Museum of Finland. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Helsinki online trip maker.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Helsinki. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Vantaa Art Museum
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

3
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. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail, and then steep yourself in history at Stromforsin Ruukki. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Lehman and then see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kotka vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Kotka, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Stromforsin Ruukki, Salpa Line Museum
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Stromforsin Ruukki ©
Stromforsin Ruukki

2
nights
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 13th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, thenhead off the coast to Lammassaari Island, thenstroll through Lempukka Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko. On your second day here, get your game on at Flowpark, explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, thenget engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Lappeen Marian kirkko.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lappeenranta travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Kotka to Lappeenranta by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Imatra
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 15th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, thenexplore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, thensee the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna online travel planner.

Drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C at night. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll explore and learn at Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Turku Cathedral and Archangel Michael's church will appeal to history buffs. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen), Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Old Rauma) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Kurjenrahka National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vepsa Island, and take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Turku driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Turku in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Rauma, Kurjenrahka National Park, Louhisaari Manor, Teijo National Park
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

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