9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sioux City
Fly + Drive:  22​h
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h
End: Sioux City

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 6th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kotka travel itinerary planner.

Sioux City, USA to Kotka is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sioux City in May, with highs in Kotka at 60°F and lows at 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa, Arboretum Mustila
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa ©
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

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You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral and then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Turku visit planner.

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

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

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