9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
3
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary tool .

Minneapolis, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in July, with highs in Helsinki at 71°F and lows at 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna day trip planner .

You can drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In July in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

2
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, then stop by Imatran Kalatalo, then explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, and finally step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Lappeenranta sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sat) before leaving for Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Imatra
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

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. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Kotka trip planning site .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Fun & Games
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Katariina Seaside Park ©
Katariina Seaside Park
Sibelius Park ©
Sibelius Park

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