8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Tampere
— 1 night
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Porvoo Old Town. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki itinerary maker app .

San Diego, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between 69°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

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 28th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary site .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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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.
On the 29th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, have fun at Adventure Park, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip planner .

Getting from Tampere to Turku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. 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 Parks
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

2
nights
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 30th (Fri), examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kotka trip app .

You can drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August in Kotka, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Trails Outdoors
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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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