9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday builder

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Inverness

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Helsinki

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): take a stroll through Ullanlinna and then kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach.

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Inverness, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Helsinki are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Kotka

— 2 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. On the 3rd (Sun), head off the coast to Lehman, then hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, and then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Kotka sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from Helsinki to Kotka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 5th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vepsa Island. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, then admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Turku itinerary builder app.

Drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
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Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 7th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Finland travel guide

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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."