8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  5​h
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 1 night
train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Brussels

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.
On the 27th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church and then stop by TeeMaa Tea House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip builder website .

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In June in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, and then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, let the kids burn off some steam at Katariina Seaside Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and finally stroll through Kumparepuisto Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kotka trip builder .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Kotka sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Katariina Seaside Park ©
Katariina Seaside Park

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 2nd (Tue), see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mariehamn planning site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kotka to Mariehamn takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. July in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Kastelholm Castle
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

1
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 3rd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, have fun at Adventure Park, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary planning website .

Fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

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

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 4th (Thu), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tampere trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daytime highs in Tampere are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Fun & Games
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

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