8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Sotkamo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
End: Helsinki

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria. Visiting Aurinkolahti Beach and Korkeasaari Zoo will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki travel itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

1
night
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stroll through Hiukka, take some stellar pictures from Vuokatinvaara, and then perfect your strike at Vuokatti Bowling.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sotkamo journey planning app .

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Sotkamo with the Route module. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get little chillier in Sotkamo: highs are around -2°C and lows about -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Sotkamo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Vuokatti
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Hiukka ©
Hiukka
Vuokatti Bowling ©
Vuokatti Bowling
Vuokatinvaara ©
Vuokatinvaara

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna vacation maker app .

Getting from Sotkamo to Savonlinna by car takes about 4.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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 29th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then learn more about the world around you at Turku Biological Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): hike along The Archipelago Trail and then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Turku travel route planning website .

Drive from Savonlinna to Turku in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Outdoors
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Archangel Michael's church ©
Archangel Michael's church
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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