11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
4
Inari
— 1 day
+3
shuttle + Fly + train + bus:  7​h 15​min
5
Kimito Island
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  14​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

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. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Valkmusa National Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kotka itinerary maker app .

Washington DC, USA to Kotka is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Kotka, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in September, plan for colder days in Kotka, with highs around 59°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Valkmusa National Park, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, then trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park trip planner .

Getting from Kotka to Koli National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. In September, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Koli Nature Centre Ukko
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Koli Nature Centre Ukko ©
Koli Nature Centre Ukko

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 3rd (Wed), look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, then fly down the slopes at Ruka, then take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and finally experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, head outdoors with Karhunkierros, and then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kuusamo trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Koli National Park in October, you will find days in Kuusamo are slightly colder (37°F), and nights are about the same (29°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

1
day
Inari

Inari ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): examine the collection at Siida, then trek along Juutua Nature Trail, then experience rural life at Inari Reindeerfarm, and finally experience rural life at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

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

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Kuusamo to Inari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Inari can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Inari

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Siida ©
Siida

1
day
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Archipelago National Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kimito Island trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, train, and bus from Inari to Kimito Island takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Inari in October, expect Kimito Island to be somewhat warmer, temps between 48°F and 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kimito Island

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park

2
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.
On the 7th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibelius Monument, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Helsinki itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Helsinki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Shopping, #Museums, #Outdoors
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Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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