10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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10 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Knoxville
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
3
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Tampere
— 1 night
5
Kouvola
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Knoxville

1
night
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 13th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukion Church, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): admire the striking features of Cathedral of Porvoo, then make a trip to The Esplanadi Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Helsinki travel route planning tool .

Knoxville, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Knoxville to Helsinki is 7 hours. In August, Helsinki is little chillier than Knoxville - with highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Cathedral of Porvoo
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): get lost in a book at Turku City Library, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then examine the collection at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

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

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night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 16th (Fri), kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Rosenlew Museum, and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Pori trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Turku to Pori by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Rosenlew Museum ©
Rosenlew Museum

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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 (Sat): stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Pori to Tampere by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Repovesi National Park and Imatra Waterfall. Visiting Arboretum Mustila and Lammassaari Island will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Kotka (Riverside Park & Sapokka Water Garden) and Sandcastle Lappeenranta (in Lappeenranta). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kouvola travel planner.

Getting from Tampere to Kouvola by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Imatra, Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Sandcastle Lappeenranta
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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