9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour planner

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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— 3 nights
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 10th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, stroll around Riverside Park, and then see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kotka trip planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Kotka is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Lisbon to Kotka due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Lisbon in October: high temperatures in Kotka hover around 8°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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— 2 nights
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 12th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Turku day trip tool.

Drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Hakaniemi Market and Market Square Kauppatori. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Helsinki online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks
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Finland travel guide

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."