13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Kotka
— 3 nights
3
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
5
Turku
— 4 nights

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 Temppeliaukio Church. Museum-lovers will get to explore Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The National Museum of Finland. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Design Museum, 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 · Outdoors

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, 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.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Salpa Line Museum, Stromforsin Ruukki
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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, 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

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, 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 drive to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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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 The Church of the Holy Cross will appeal to history buffs. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Old Rauma (in Rauma), Teijo National Park (in Pernio) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Kurjenrahka National Park, stroll through Vepsa Island, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum.

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You can drive from Savonlinna to Turku in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Turku

Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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

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