13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
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Turku
— 4 nights
Drive

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Helsinki

— 2 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.
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 Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Helsinki. May in Helsinki sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 8 — 10:

Kotka

— 3 nights
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, then tour 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.

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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 · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 13:

Lappeenranta

— 2 nights

Town of Lindens

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, then head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, then stroll 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, then get 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 · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
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, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see 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 fly to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 16:

Turku

— 4 nights
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 Ett Hem Museum. Turku Cathedral and Old Rauma will appeal to history buffs. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Teijo National Park (in Pernio), Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen) and The Church of the Holy Cross (in Rauma). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Kurjenrahka National Park, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and kick back and relax at Vepsa Island.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku planning site.

You can fly from Savonlinna to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Turku

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 20:

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."