11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Inari
— 1 day
Fly
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Kimito Island
— 1 day
Drive
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly

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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 29th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, walk around Riverside Park, and then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Valkmusa National Park.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kotka online trip maker.

Washington DC, USA to Kotka is an approximately 17-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in September, you will find days in Kotka are cooler (59°F), and nights are slightly colder (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:

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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.
On the 1st (Mon), delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, then see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, then trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Koli National Park trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Koli National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 3rd (Wed), stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, then stroll through Ruka, then contemplate the waterfront 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 next day: examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then head outdoors with Karhunkierros, and then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo day trip site.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Koli National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kuusamo: temperatures range from 37°F by day to 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:

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Inari

Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, then hike along Juutua Nature Trail, then relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm, and finally get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Inari online trip builder.

Getting from Kuusamo to Inari by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:

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Kimito Island

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Archipelago National Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kimito Island trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Inari to Kimito Island in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Inari in October, with highs in Kimito Island at 48°F and lows at 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:
Highlights from your trip

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Helsinki

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then stroll around Sibelius Monument, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki route planner.

Drive from Kimito Island to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Shopping · Adventure · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."