9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
3
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Abu Dhabi

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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Hakaniemi Market. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip builder website.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Abu Dhabi to Helsinki, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Abu Dhabi in August, with highs in Helsinki at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 20:

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 21st (Wed): trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Turku tour planning website.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 21:

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. On the 22nd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Riverside Park, then see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kotka trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."