8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  17​h
1
Kotka
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Chennai


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. On the 10th (Fri), kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti, contemplate the long history of Kotka Church, then wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, and finally admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kotka online day trip planner .

Chennai, India to Kotka is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Chennai to Kotka. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Chennai in May: high temperatures in Kotka hover around 18°C and lows are around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

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Beach Mansikkalahti ©
Beach Mansikkalahti
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Kotka Church ©
Kotka Church

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night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): make a trip to Naantali Old Town, browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku road trip site .

Getting from Kotka to Turku by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Tampere

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tampere trip app .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. May in Tampere sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Spas Parks Museums
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Spas & Wellness
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Porvoo Old Town. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip site .

You can take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Ullanlinna ©
Ullanlinna

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