9 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Vaasa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: London

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 28th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, make a trip to Market Square Kauppatori, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki online driving holiday planner .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki. In September, Helsinki is little chillier than London - with highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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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. On the 1st (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Sibelius Park, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, then hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, then stroll around Riverside Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry. On the next day, admire the striking features of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, then have fun at Katariina Seaside Park, then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, and finally examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

1
night
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 3rd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then browse the collection at Turku City Library, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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Traveling by car from Kotka to Turku takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Vaasa online attractions planner .

Getting from Turku to Vaasa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife
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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then steep yourself in history at Visavuori.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Tampere planning website .

Traveling by train from Vaasa to Tampere takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Tampere, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Visavuori
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Visavuori ©
Visavuori
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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