14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Kuopio
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: San Diego

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 2nd (Mon): stroll through Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail, then go for a walk through Linden Esplanade, and finally admire the natural beauty at Sibelius Park.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kotka trip planner .

San Diego, USA to Kotka is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Diego to Kotka due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from San Diego in September, with highs in Kotka at 59°F and lows at 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 4th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Kotka to Savonlinna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

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

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the natural beauty at Snellman Park, then have fun at Vainolanniemi, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kuopio day trip website .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games Nature Parks
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Room Escape Games
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 6th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, examine the collection at Emil Aaltosen Museo, enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, then take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip app .

You can take a train from Kuopio to Tampere in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September in Tampere, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

2
nights
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 8th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: get lost in a book at Turku City Library, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Naantali Church, and finally hike along The Archipelago Trail.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku route builder tool .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daytime highs in Turku are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Trails

Side Trip

Naantali Church
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Wiklof Holding Arena, head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Mariehamn route planner.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, Kastelholm Castle
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Room Escape Games

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Room Escape Games. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo, approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, make a trip to Senate Square, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Helsinki tour planning tool .

Getting from Mariehamn to Helsinki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 45°F. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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