8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  17​h 15​min
1
Ruotsinpyhtaa
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
day
Ruotsinpyhtaa

Ruotsinpyhtaa ©
Ruotsinpyhtää is a former municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa, and then take a stroll through Stromforsin ruukki.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ruotsinpyhtaa tour site .

New York City, USA to Ruotsinpyhtaa is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. Traveling from New York City in October, expect Ruotsinpyhtaa to be much colder, temps between 45°F and 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Ruotsinpyhtaa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa ©
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna trip app .

Drive from Ruotsinpyhtaa to Savonlinna in 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

1
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 (Fri): gain insight at Turku Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Turku trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Turku in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. October in Turku sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Kauppakeskus Mylly ©
Kauppakeskus Mylly
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Hakaniemi Market and Digelius Music. Explore hidden gems such as Market Square Kauppatori and Ullanlinna. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, browse the range of quality goods at Stockmann's Department Store, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Helsinki are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
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Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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