11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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Make it your trip
— 5 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Columbus



— 5 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Columbus, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Columbus in May; daily highs in Helsinki reach 60°F and lows reach 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 8 — 13:

Koli National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, trek along Paha-Koli Hill, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To find out how to plan a trip to Koli National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park with the Route module. In May, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 16:


— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Riverside Park.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kouvola online route planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kouvola in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 16 — 18:

Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."