9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dallas
+2
tram + foot + Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Kotka
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Dallas

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Room Escape Games and Kansallisgalleria. Change things up with a short trip to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo (about 50 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, pause for some photo ops at Sibelius Monument, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip planning app .

Dallas, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour combination of tram and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Dallas to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Dallas in October, with highs in Helsinki at 48°F and lows at 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Room Escape Games
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

2
nights
Tampere

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 3rd (Tue), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then have some family-friendly fun at Portaali VR.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planner.

You can take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In November, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Fun & Games Parks Wildlife
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Room Escape Games
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 5th (Thu), get lost in a book at Turku City Library, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then see the interesting displays at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku tour planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 40°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

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 6th (Fri), head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, and finally take a stroll through Linden Esplanade.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotka trip builder tool .

Drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Katariina Seaside Park ©
Katariina Seaside Park

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