9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + train:  7​h 15​min
1
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: London

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip planning website .

London, UK to Tampere is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from London in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Tampere, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Fun & Games
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 9th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum ©
Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 10th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, and then fly down the slopes at Ruka. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, then hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kuusamo tour website .

You can fly from Turku to Kuusamo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Turku in June, plan for slightly colder days in Kuusamo, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Kuusamo to Savonlinna by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kuusamo in June, expect nights in Savonlinna to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

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

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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 13th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, don't miss a visit to Linden Esplanade, admire the natural beauty at Fuksinpuisto Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotka online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Savonlinna to Kotka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. June in Kotka sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Nature
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Fuksinpuisto Park ©
Fuksinpuisto Park

2
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 (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park, make a trip to Senate Square, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki travel planning app .

Drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) 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
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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