8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Riga
Fly:  5​h
1
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
5
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Tampere
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Riga

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 11th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel and then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, soothe aching muscles at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and finally identify plant and animal life at Vepsa Island.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Turku visit planner .

Riga, Latvia to Turku is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Riga in March, expect slightly colder with lows of -5°C in Turku. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
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Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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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 13th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Mansikkalahti, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Church, then admire the striking features of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kotka trip 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 March, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Hamina
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Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, wander the streets of Katajanokka, then take in the exciting artwork at Okra, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, hit the slopes at Ruka, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Kuusamo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in March, expect Kuusamo to be little chillier, temps between -2°C and -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Safaris

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nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get interesting insight from Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): get your game on at Kid's Land, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and finally explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Levi road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Levi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Levi are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Winter Sports
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

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Tampere

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Levi to Tampere in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Levi in March, expect nights in Tampere to be about the same, around -7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Spas & Wellness
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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