12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  22​h 45​min
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Kotka
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Santiago

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas & Wellness and Mannerheim Museum. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Design Museum Helsinki, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner .

Santiago, Chile to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Santiago to Helsinki. Traveling from Santiago in October, expect nights in Helsinki to be a bit cooler, around 1°C, while days are much colder, around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Beaches
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Step off the beaten path and head to Teijo national park and Vepsa Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, admire the striking features of St. Henry's Ecumenical Art Chapel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and enjoy some diversion at Adventure Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Turku trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Kurjenrahka National Park, Teijo national park
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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. On the 11th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Church, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and then stroll through Beach Mansikkalahti. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Kotka.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kotka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Kotka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Trails

Side Trip

Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Kotka Church ©
Kotka Church
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church ©
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

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