12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Sotkamo
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Dubai

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 18th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, and finally examine the collection at Tampere City Library, Metso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), then brush up on your military savvy at Parola Tank Museum, then make a trip to Visavuori, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere online day trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tampere is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Dubai in October: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 8°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Parola Tank Museum, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), Visavuori
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The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas ©
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas
Parola Tank Museum ©
Parola Tank Museum

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 20th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and finally take a spin around town with Bike Rental - by Carfield.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Turku tour itinerary builder website .

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors Parks Trails
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Ett Hem Museum ©
Ett Hem Museum

1
night
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 21st (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Lehman and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Michael Church.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Kotka trip planner .

You can drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Marian Kirkko, St Michael Church
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Lehman ©
Lehman
St Michael Church ©
St Michael Church
Marian Kirkko ©
Marian Kirkko

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Retretti Art Centre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko, then pause for some serene contemplation at Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli, and finally make a trip to Pikkukirkko.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Savonlinna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Retretti Art Centre
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Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko
Paaskylahden kirkko ©
Paaskylahden kirkko
Retretti Art Centre ©
Retretti Art Centre

1
night
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. On the 24th (Thu), get great views at Vuokatinvaara and then get outside with Kainuun Vaellustalli.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Sotkamo day trip planning app .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Sotkamo in 4.5 hours. October in Sotkamo sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Outdoors

Side Trip

Vuokatinvaara
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Kainuun Vaellustalli ©
Kainuun Vaellustalli
Vuokatinvaara ©
Vuokatinvaara

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nuuksio National Park and The Aalto House. Museum-lovers will appreciate Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Mannerheim Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo) and Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Johannes Church, take a stroll through Katajanokka, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Helsinki online tour planner .

Explore your travel options from Sotkamo to Helsinki with the Route module. When traveling from Sotkamo in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Helsinki, with highs around 10°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Paavolan Tammi, Cathedral of Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park
Highlights from your plan
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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