8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 1 night
Drive

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Helsinki

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
On the 7th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti). Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Hietaniemi Cemetery.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary builder website.

Berlin, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berlin to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 9:

Kotka

— 2 nights
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. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti, then go for a walk through Linden Esplanade, and then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): make a trip to St. John's Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, deepen your knowledge of military history at Main Building of Military School, then walk around Riverside Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kotka trip maker app.

Getting from Helsinki to Kotka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 12th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip planner.

You can drive from Kotka to Savonlinna in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in April, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 12:

Turku

— 1 night
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 13th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, then explore the galleries of Turku Castle, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Turku trip maker tool.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Turku in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Turku are 9°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."