8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Bus
2
Kotka
— 3 nights
Train
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to New York City

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Helsinki

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip planner.

New York City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 7 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between 71°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:

Kotka

— 3 nights
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maretarium, see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, and stroll around Sibelius Park.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kotka trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Kotka sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 29:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere road trip website.

You can drive from Kotka to Tampere in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 30:
Highlights from your trip

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."