10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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10 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h
End: Vancouver

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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Porvoo to see Pieni Suklaatehdas about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 10 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Helsinki, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Pieni Suklaatehdas
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, then trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, then hike along Akka-Koli Hill, and finally trek along Paha-Koli Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Pielinen, stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, then examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, then don't miss a visit to Paateri, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Uhrihalkeama.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Koli National Park using our trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Koli National Park. In June, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

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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. Step out of Kotka with an excursion to Repovesi National Park in Kouvola--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, stroll through Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kymi Church, and trek along Santalahti Nature Trail.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotka tour itinerary app.

Getting from Koli National Park to Kotka by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In June in Kotka, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Repovesi National Park
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

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