12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
— 2 nights
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
— 5 nights



— 2 nights
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. Change things up with a short trip to Repovesi National Park in Kouvola (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, see the interesting displays at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, and admire the natural beauty at Sibelius Park.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kotka trip tool.

Joplin, USA to Kotka is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Joplin in August: highs in Kotka hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 12:

Koli National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, don't miss a visit to Paateri, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip planner.

Getting from Kotka to Koli National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. August in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 15:


— 5 nights

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Helsinki in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 20:

Finland travel guide

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."