8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Fly:  21​h
1
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Ruotsinpyhtaa
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Saint Louis


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 2nd (Sun), gain insight at Turku Cathedral and then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Turku trip maker site .

Saint Louis, USA to Turku is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Saint Louis in September: highs in Turku hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

3
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.
Do your shopping at Hakaniemi Market and Stockmann's Department Store. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Rock Church. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Fortress of Suomenlinna, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planning tool .

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ruotsinpyhtaa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

1
night
Ruotsinpyhtaa

Ruotsinpyhtaa ©
Ruotsinpyhtää is a former municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila and then wander the streets of Stromforsin ruukki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, then go for a walk through Linden Esplanade, and finally hike along Santalahti Nature Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ruotsinpyhtaa holiday planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Ruotsinpyhtaa by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September in Ruotsinpyhtaa, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ruotsinpyhtaa

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki

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