11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  10 h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: New Delhi

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and get your game on at Labyrinth Games Room Escape.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary app.

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Zurich in May, expect nights in Helsinki to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stroll around Sibelius Park, see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, stroll around Riverside Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church, then visit Linden Esplanade, and finally head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kotka itinerary planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Kotka, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Marian Kirkko
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth ©
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, then explore the activities along Pielinen, and finally trek along Paha-Koli Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, hike along Akka-Koli Hill, then don't miss a visit to Paateri, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Koli National Park day trip planning site.

Getting from Kotka to Koli National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli Nature Centre Ukko
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): make a trip to Santa Claus Village, make a trip to Santa Claus Office, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. On the next day, wander the wide-open spaces of Poro Farmi, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and finally stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi travel route builder.

Drive from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Koli National Park in May, plan for slightly colder days in Rovaniemi, with highs around 12°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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