12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary maker

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly

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Kotka

— 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. Step out of Kotka to go to Kouvola and see Repovesi National Park, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll around Riverside Park, examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, admire the natural beauty at Sibelius Park, and take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kotka trip itinerary planner.

Joplin, USA to Kotka is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Joplin to Kotka. While traveling from Joplin, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Kotka, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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 trip includes some of its best attractions: hike along Paha-Koli Hill, head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, explore the activities along Pielinen, and stroll through Kasken Kierros Nature Trail.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Koli National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Helsinki

— 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, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki online trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Koli National Park to Helsinki. In June in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 50°F at night. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."