10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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10 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  7​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Espoo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  8​h
End: Istanbul

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.
Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip app .

Istanbul, Turkey to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Helsinki. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Istanbul in May: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 18°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, then walk around Kumparepuisto Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Beach Mansikkalahti. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Riverside Park, then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, then let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park, and finally step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kotka travel planning tool .

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Espoo.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth ©
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth

1
night
Espoo

Espoo ©
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. On the 19th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Hvittrask, take in the spiritual surroundings of Espoo Cathedral, and then explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Espoo trip builder .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Espoo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Espoo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hvittrask
Highlights from your plan
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Hvittrask ©
Hvittrask
Espoo Cathedral ©
Espoo Cathedral

2
nights
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 20th (Wed): gain insight at Turku Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, then walk around Kupittaa Park, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally get all the equipment you need at Bike Rental - by Carfield. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then get your game on at Moomin World, and then hike along The Archipelago Trail.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Espoo to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
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 22nd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, and finally kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta. On the next day, stroll through Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tampere road trip app .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

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