6 days in Finland Itinerary

6 days in Finland Itinerary

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6 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Kotka
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
day
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 16th (Mon): head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, go for a walk through Linden Esplanade, then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kotka online journey planner .

New York City, USA to Kotka is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. In September, Kotka is colder than New York City - with highs of 59°F and lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

1
night
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 17th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Turku tour builder app .

Getting from Kotka to Turku by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip planner .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. September in Tampere sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then make a trip to Porvoo Old Town, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Helsinki are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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Side Trip

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

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