8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Amsterdam

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 22nd (Wed), explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, see the interesting displays at Design Museum, hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, then walk around Sibelius Monument, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), then get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and finally hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, Helsinki is little chillier than Amsterdam - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Imatra.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Shopping Parks
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
The National Museum of Finland ©
The National Museum of Finland

1
night
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
On the 24th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Ruokolahden Kirkko, then admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, then admire the engineering at Imatrankoski, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Imatra online trip builder .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Imatra in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in January, with highs in Imatra at -7°C and lows at -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ruokolahden Kirkko, Lauritsala Church
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church
Ruokolahden Kirkko ©
Ruokolahden Kirkko

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 25th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna day trip planning tool .

Getting from Imatra to Savonlinna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Visit Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova for their historical value. Turku Cathedral and Old Rauma are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and The Old Town Hall Museum (in Rauma). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, pause for some serene contemplation at Naantali Church, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and don't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church.

Plan trip to Turku with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Turku in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Savonlinna in January, expect Turku to be a bit warmer, temps between -3°C and -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Rauma, Naantali Church, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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