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
Drive:  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 Room Escape Games and Hakaniemi Market. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Porvoo to see Porvoo Old Town about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to The National Library of Finland, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki holiday maker site.

San Diego, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Helsinki is 10 hours. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive 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
Room Escape Games

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 5th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tampere route planning app.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

1
night
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 6th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, thenexplore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

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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 7th (Sat): trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, walk around Riverside Park, thengo for a walk through Linden Esplanade, and finally step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the kids burn off some steam at Katariina Seaside Park and then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Kotka online itinerary maker.

You can drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Kotka are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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