8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Vanha Kirkko. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip itinerary site .

Chicago, USA to Tampere is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Tampere, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Chicago in April; daily highs in Tampere reach 45°F and lows reach 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Nature Wildlife Outdoors
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
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 3rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Mansikkalahti, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, browse the exhibits of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko, and finally admire the striking features of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read Kotka trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May in Kotka, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Hamina
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Beach Mansikkalahti ©
Beach Mansikkalahti
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then wander the streets of Katajanokka, then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

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Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Helsinki are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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