9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— Few hours
Fly + Drive:  3​h
2
Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Portland

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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.
On the 29th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then make a trip to Senate Square, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Portland, USA to Helsinki. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Helsinki is 10 hours. Traveling from Portland in September, things will get slightly colder in Helsinki: highs are around 60°F and lows about 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Aland Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites
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Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Senate Square ©
Senate Square

2
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Aland Island

Aland Island ©
There are many things that distinguish the autonomous Aland Islands from the rest of Finland, including the fact that they have their own parliament, issue their own stamps, and speak Swedish as the official language.
On the 30th (Fri), learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, then make a trip to Aalands Parliament, and finally stroll through Kobba Klintar. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Kastelholm, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholms Slott, and then contemplate the long history of Bomarsund.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Aland Island sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, taxi, and bus from Helsinki to Aland Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Aland Island are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Aland Island

Museums Parks Nature
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

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night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 2nd (Sun), tour on your own time with Aavameri and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Turku vacation trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Aland Island to Turku in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In October, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail

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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 3rd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Church, identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, then head off the coast to Haapasaari Island, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Kotka trip builder.

You can drive from Turku to Kotka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. October in Kotka sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

St. John's Church, Salpa Line Museum, Arboretum Mustila
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Punkaharju Ridge, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then make a trip to Pikkukirkko, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Kotka to Savonlinna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in October, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Punkaharju
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

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