15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Chicago

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.
Visit Rock Church and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Helsinki Cathedral and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the masterpieces at Design Museum, make a trip to The Esplanadi Park, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planner .

Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 8 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chicago in August: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 69°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, then take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and then examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, don't miss a visit to St. John's Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Bunker Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka tour builder app .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Kotka sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hamina, Salpa Line Museum, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Bunker Museum
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry

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 26th (Mon), look for gifts at MyGoodKnife, examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Lappeen Marian kirkko. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tainionkosken Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rautjarven kirkko.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lappeenranta trip website .

Getting from Kotka to Lappeenranta by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Imatra, Rautjarven kirkko
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Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Rautjarven kirkko ©
Rautjarven kirkko

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna day trip site .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

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

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visavuori and Sarkanniemi Theme Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Tampere Cathedral and Birthplace of Jean Sibelius. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Parola (Holy Cross Church & Parola Tank Museum). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip app .

Drive from Savonlinna to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Parola, Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, Visavuori
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Visavuori ©
Visavuori
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 1st (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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