7 days in Finland Itinerary

7 days in Finland Itinerary

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7 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Kotka
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Toronto

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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. On the 20th (Mon), hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, then take in the pleasant sights at Linden Esplanade, then let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kotka day trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Kotka is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Kotka is 7 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Toronto in August: high temperatures in Kotka hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Katariina Seaside Park ©
Katariina Seaside Park

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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 21st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, get advice or help at Riihisaari, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Savonlinna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, then make a trip to Nasinneula Tower, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

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

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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.
On the 23rd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Turku online visit planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Turku sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum ©
Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, appreciate the history behind Sibelius Monument, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Hakaniemi Market.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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