11 days in Helsinki & Kotka Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Kotka Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki & Kotka Itinerary

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Turku Castle (in Turku), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Pyynikki's Swim Hall (in Tampere). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and make a trip to Senate Square.

For reviews and more tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planning website .

If you are flying in from France, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In February, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows 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

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

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): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marian Kirkko and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, then appreciate the history behind German Self-Propelled Gun StuG III, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Maretarium, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kotka trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in February; daily highs in Kotka reach -2°C and lows reach -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

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

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