9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + Drive:  12​h
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Dubai

2
nights
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 9th (Fri), stroll around Riverside Park, then steep yourself in history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, and finally walk around Sapokka Water Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Santalahti Nature Trail and then examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Kotka is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Kotka is minus 2 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Dubai in August: high temperatures in Kotka hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trip

Salpa Line Museum
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Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step out of Turku with an excursion to Old Rauma in Rauma--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, and learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Turku online trip planner .

You can drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naantali, Old Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

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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.
On the 14th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then walk around Observatory Hill Park, and finally learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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