9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + Drive:  16​h 30​min
1
Kotka
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Bengaluru

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day
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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti, then go for a walk through Linden Esplanade, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and finally wander the streets of Hamina Old Town.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kotka vacation website .

Bengaluru, India to Kotka is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Bengaluru to Kotka due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Bengaluru in March, with highs in Kotka at 1°C and lows at -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Hamina Old Town
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Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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 17th (Sun): kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and then stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip maker tool .

Getting from Kotka to Tampere by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in March, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tallipihan Suklaapuoti ©
Tallipihan Suklaapuoti

2
nights
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 18th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church, take a stroll through Katajanokka, then contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then wander the streets of Ullanlinna, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre, hunt for treasures at Old Market Hall, then stop by Artisaani, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki online attractions planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Old Market Hall ©
Old Market Hall
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

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nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 20th (Wed), find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and finally make a trip to Lordi's Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, look for gifts at LAURI, and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi sightseeing website .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in March, expect Rovaniemi to be little chillier, temps between -1°C and -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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