8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Diego
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: San Diego

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Hakaniemi Market. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo--about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Helsinki trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

San Diego, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from San Diego to Helsinki, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Diego in August; daily highs in Helsinki reach 69°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

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

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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 28th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in August, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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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 (Thu): steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Turku trip builder site.

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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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. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, stroll around Riverside Park, and then hike along Santalahti Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): admire the striking features of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kotka tour planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Kotka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. August in Kotka sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

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