9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

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

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning tool .

Sacramento, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, subway, and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Sacramento to Helsinki, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sacramento in September, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 61°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 13th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, then enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September in Tampere, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
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 15th (Tue), grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then gain insight at Turku Cathedral, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip maker app .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. September in Turku sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

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

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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, then examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotka driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. September in Kotka sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

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

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