9 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

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Route & dates

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Helsinki is 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from London in September: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 19°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio 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. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): walk around Sibelius Park, don't miss a visit to Linden Esplanade, trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, stroll around Katariina Seaside Park, then stroll around Sapokka Water Garden, and finally examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth ©
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth

1
night
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 3rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then browse the collection at Turku City Library, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip site.

Getting from Kotka to Turku by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and flight. In October in Turku, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Room Escape Games

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Vaasa route maker tool.

Drive from Turku to Vaasa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site

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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 5th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): 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 get engrossed in the history at Visavuori.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Tampere sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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

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