8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Bangor
Fly + Drive:  18​h 45​min
1
Kotka
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Inari
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Bangor

1
day
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 15th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Beach Mansikkalahti, then take in the pleasant sights at Linden Esplanade, then identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

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Bangor, USA to Kotka is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Bangor to Kotka. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Bangor in April: highs in Kotka hover around 45°F, while lows dip to 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church ©
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

2
nights
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 16th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then head off the coast to Vepsa Island. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then explore the world behind art at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku online attractions planner .

Drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then examine the collection at Siida.

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Getting from Turku to Inari by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Turku in April, with highs in Inari at 37°F and lows at 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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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 19th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, then take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), wander the streets of Katajanokka, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner .

You can fly from Inari to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Inari - with highs of 47°F and lows of 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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