16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Pori
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
5
Sotkamo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
7
Inari
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
8
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Columbus

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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 27th (Thu): hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, then go for a walk through Stromforsin ruukki, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and finally go for a walk through Linden Esplanade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila.

Plan my day in Kotka using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Columbus, USA to Kotka is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Columbus in September, you will find days in Kotka are much colder (59°F), and nights are little chillier (46°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums

Side Trips

Salpa Line Museum, Arboretum Mustila, Stromforsin ruukki
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally head off the coast to Vepsa Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, and then examine the collection at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary site .

Getting from Kotka to Turku by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. September in Turku sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Beaches

Side Trip

Kauppakeskus Mylly
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 1st (Mon), examine the collection at Villa Mairea, then enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, and finally look for gifts at Patakirppis. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, then get engrossed in the history at Rosenlew Museum, and finally browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Pori road trip site .

Drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Pori

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Rauma, Villa Mairea
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

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day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip app .

You can fly from Pori to Savonlinna in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Museums

Side Trips

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

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night
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): head outdoors with Kainuun Vaellustalli, kick back and relax at Hiukka, and then perfect your strike at Vuokatti Bowling.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read Sotkamo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Sotkamo takes 4.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Sotkamo are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Sotkamo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Vuokatti Bowling
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:
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Hiukka ©
Hiukka
Kainuun Vaellustalli ©
Kainuun Vaellustalli
Vuokatti Bowling ©
Vuokatti Bowling

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nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 5th (Fri), stroll through Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. On your second day here, explore the stunning scenery at Julma Olkky, admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and then get outside with Karhunkierros.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kuusamo day trip site .

You can drive from Sotkamo to Kuusamo in 3 hours. October in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

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Inari

Inari ©
On the 7th (Sun), relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, see the interesting displays at Siida, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and finally trek along Juutua Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Inari tour planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Kuusamo to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Inari, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 28°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Siida ©
Siida
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park

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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.
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma will appeal to museum buffs. Head to Hakaniemi Market and Stockmann's Department Storefor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, stop by Pien, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and delve into the lush surroundings at Norman Travels.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki tour app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in October, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between 48°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Shopping, #Museums, #Nature
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Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma ©
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma