9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Moscow
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Inari
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Moscow

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 7th (Fri): take a stroll through Linden Esplanade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, then wander the streets of Stromforsin ruukki, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kotka trip itinerary maker .

Moscow, Russia to Kotka is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. September in Kotka sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Stromforsin ruukki, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, make a trip to Riihisaari, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip tool .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Savonlinna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Turku takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Beaches
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Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Siida, experience rural life at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari online holiday maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Turku to Inari takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Turku in September: high temperatures in Inari hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Inari Reindeer Farm ©
Inari Reindeer Farm

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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), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Ullanlinna, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, and finally admire the masterpieces at Design Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Inari in September; daily highs in Helsinki reach 19°C and lows reach 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Beaches Parks
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
The National Museum of Finland ©
The National Museum of Finland

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