11 days in Kouvola, Kotka & Helsinki Itinerary

11 days in Kouvola, Kotka & Helsinki Itinerary

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11 days in Kouvola, Kotka & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
train:  2​h 15​min
1
Kouvola
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Helsinki
— 6 nights
End: Helsinki

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 15th (Wed), wander the streets of Hamina Old Town, then get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and then wander the streets of Stromforsin ruukki. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, and then get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

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Helsinki to Kouvola is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In August in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Hamina Old Town, Stromforsin ruukki
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Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

2
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 17th (Fri): make a trip to Hamina Town Hall, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Loviisan kirkko, and finally examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, go for a walk through Linden Esplanade, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santalahti Nature Trail, then admire the striking features of Hamina Fortress, and finally steep yourself in history at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotka online tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Kouvola to Kotka in an hour. August in Kotka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Hamina, Loviisan kirkko
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Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church ©
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Fortress of Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Rock Church and Helsinki Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. Pack the 24th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Ullanlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Flamingo Entertainment Center
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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