12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kotka
— 1 night
2
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
3
Vaasa
— 1 day
4
Turku
— 2 nights
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights

1
night
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. On the 13th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, and finally identify plant and animal life at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, thenstroll around Riverside Park, and then steep yourself in history at Stromforsin Ruukki.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kotka trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Kotka is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in June: highs in Kotka hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Stromforsin Ruukki, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

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nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Paha-Koli Hill and Ukko-Koli Hill. There's still lots to do: trek along Akka-Koli Hill, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, and look for all kinds of wild species at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park journey site.

You can drive from Kotka to Koli National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

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day
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Vaasa tour planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Vaasa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around °C in June, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 19th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, thendon't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, thensee the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Turku takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. June in Turku sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Your inner history buff will appreciate Temppeliaukio Church and The Esplanadi Park. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, wander the streets of Katajanokka, and stop by Ullanlinna.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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