8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16​h
1
Turku
— 1 day
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Toronto


1
day
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): head off the coast to Vepsa Island and then soothe aching muscles at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Turku online trip builder .

Toronto, Canada to Turku is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Turku, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Toronto in October; daily highs in Turku reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tampere travel itinerary planner.

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. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Tampere

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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Spas & Wellness
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

1
night
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 19th (Sat), kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and then step off the mainland to explore Lehman.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotka holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Kotka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

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Beach Mansikkalahti ©
Beach Mansikkalahti

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Ullanlinna ©
Ullanlinna

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