8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Newark

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 9th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park and then head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Turku road trip planning site .

Newark, USA to Turku is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Turku. When traveling from Newark in October, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Turku: temperatures range from 48°F by day to 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, fly down the slopes at Ruka, and then take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kuusamo trip app .

Traveling by flight from Turku to Kuusamo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Turku in October, things will get little chillier in Kuusamo: highs are around 37°F and lows about 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 12th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna day trip site .

Fly from Kuusamo to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Kuusamo, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Savonlinna, ranging from highs of 43°F to lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church, learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, then contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, and finally stroll through Hietaranta Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip app .

Getting from Savonlinna to Helsinki by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In October in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 35°F at night. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Historic Sites Adventure
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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