8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Ruotsinpyhtaa
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  17​h
End: Charlotte

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Fortress of Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria. Get some cultural insight at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Helsinki Cathedral. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki itinerary app .

Charlotte, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Helsinki is 7 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Charlotte in October: highs in Helsinki hover around 48°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 20th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums
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Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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night
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Archipelago National Park.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kimito Island online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Kimito Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in October, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Savonlinna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. When traveling from Kimito Island in October, plan for little chillier days in Savonlinna, with highs around 43°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Ruotsinpyhtaa.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
night
Ruotsinpyhtaa

Ruotsinpyhtaa ©
Ruotsinpyhtää is a former municipality of Finland. To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ruotsinpyhtaa trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Ruotsinpyhtaa in 3.5 hours. October in Ruotsinpyhtaa sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ruotsinpyhtaa

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki

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