10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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10 days in Finland Itinerary

Helsinki
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Helsinki
— 1 night
Helsinki

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day
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 19th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Haapasaari Island, step off the mainland to explore Lehman, and then step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kotka online tour itinerary builder .

Helsinki to Kotka is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In August in Kotka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Imatra.

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Haapasaari Island ©
Haapasaari Island
Lehman ©
Lehman
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth ©
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth

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Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ruokolahden Kirkko, step off the mainland to explore Malonsaari, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lempukka Beach, and finally step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Imatra online vacation planner .

You can drive from Kotka to Imatra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Imatra can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

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Ruokolahden Kirkko
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari
Ruokolahden Kirkko ©
Ruokolahden Kirkko

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days
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, stroll through Herajarvi Hiking Trail, and then explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. On the next day, delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park route planner.

Traveling by car from Imatra to Koli National Park takes 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 23rd (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Julma Olkky, examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and finally stop by Shopping Center Kumpare. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kuusamo itinerary app .

Getting from Koli National Park to Kuusamo by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. August in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Turku.

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Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island and then hike along The Archipelago Trail.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Turku road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Turku takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Helsinki.

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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), explore the galleries of Mannerheim Museum, then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki tour builder tool .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

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Pihlajasaari Recreational Park ©
Pihlajasaari Recreational Park
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