9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary planner

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly

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Kotka

— 1 night
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 6th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and finally head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kotka trip planning tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Kotka is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Tel Aviv in July, expect nights in Kotka to be colder, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 8th (Mon), browse the collection at Turku City Library, then wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, and then hike along The Archipelago Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Turku travel planner.

You can drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Turku sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
Pack the 12th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki vacation site.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks
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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."