11 days in Helsinki & Kotka Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Kotka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
End: Helsinki

7
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.
Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Pyynikki's Swim Hall (in Tampere) and Turku Castle (in Turku). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, walk around The Esplanadi Park, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki visit site.

If you are flying in from France, the closest major aiport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In February, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Ahvenisto, Pyynikki's Swim Hall, Turku Castle, King's Road
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) ©
Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali)

3
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 23rd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko and then explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, steep yourself in history at German Self-Propelled Gun StuG III, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maretarium, and finally stroll around Sapokka Water Garden.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kotka vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Helsinki in February, things will get little chillier in Kotka: highs are around -2°C and lows about -7°C. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hamina, Kouvola
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

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