8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + Drive:  12​h
1
Kotka
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Dubai

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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 1st (Sat): trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, then make a trip to Linden Esplanade, then head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, and finally kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kotka trip itinerary planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Kotka is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Kotka, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in June, things will get colder in Kotka: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Kotka

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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth ©
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and finally view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read Tampere holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Tampere takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tallipihan Suklaapuoti ©
Tallipihan Suklaapuoti
Galleria Ronga ©
Galleria Ronga

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 3rd (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Vaasa online trip planner .

Getting from Tampere to Vaasa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. June in Vaasa sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Vaasa

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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.
Do your shopping at Market Square Kauppatori and Kamppi Shopping Centre. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Rock Church. Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Katajanokka, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip planning website .

You can fly from Vaasa to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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