11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
train:  3​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Sotkamo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Kotka
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Vienna

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Helsinki road trip site .

Vienna, Austria to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Vienna in July, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between 25°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 24th (Tue), let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then trek along The Archipelago Trail, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Vepsa Island.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 25th (Wed), look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, then admire the sheer force of Kiutakongas Rapids, and then explore the striking landscape at Julma Olkky. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Karhunkierros, examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Predator Center in Kuusamo.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Kuusamo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

1
night
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiukka and then head outdoors with Kainuun Vaellustalli.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sotkamo trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Kuusamo to Sotkamo by car takes about 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Kainuun Vaellustalli ©
Kainuun Vaellustalli

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, then hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and finally trek along Herajarvi Hiking Trail.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park route planning tool .

You can drive from Sotkamo to Koli National Park in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

1
night
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, then kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Imatra trip planning site .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Imatra in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island

1
day
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 31st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, then head off the coast to Haapasaari Island, then head off the coast to Lehman, and finally head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotka day trip site .

Traveling by car from Imatra to Kotka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Haapasaari Island ©
Haapasaari Island
Lehman ©
Lehman
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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