9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
3
Imatra
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Train:  8 h
5
Turku
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 30 min
6
Rauma
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Brussels

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): stroll through Hietaranta Beach and then kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Helsinki. In September in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Hietaranta Beach ©
Hietaranta Beach
Helsinki City Museum ©
Helsinki City Museum

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. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, then hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, then head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Beach Mansikkalahti.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kotka road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Kotka sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth ©
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth

1
day
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas, stroll through Lempukka Beach, head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally examine the collection at Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Imatra online day trip planner .

You can drive from Kotka to Imatra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Imatra can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Joutsenon kirkko
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko
Tainionkosken Church ©
Tainionkosken Church

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Imatra to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. You'll set off for Turku on the 7th (Fri).

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Turku in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rauma.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Archangel Michael's church ©
Archangel Michael's church

2
nights
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, then examine the collection at Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Cross, Rauma, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Isokari Lighthouse and then get outside with Kuuskajaskari.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rauma trip planner .

You can drive from Turku to Rauma in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rauma

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Yyteri Beach, Isokari Lighthouse
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross
Isokari Lighthouse ©
Isokari Lighthouse

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