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
train:  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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Porvoo Old Town. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Senate Square, and stroll through The Esplanadi Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning tool .

San Diego, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Helsinki is 10 hours. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 61°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the 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
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 5th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere online route planner .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September in Tampere, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) 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

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 6th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Turku driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September in Turku, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, then go for a walk through Linden Esplanade, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun at Katariina Seaside Park and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kotka trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September in Kotka, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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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