12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
Drive + Fly:  23 h 30 min
1
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Imatra
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
5
Helsinki
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Train + Subway:  12 h 15 min
End: New York City

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Kuusamo online road trip planner.

New York City, USA to Kuusamo is an approximately 23- hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Kuusamo is 7 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from New York City in July, with highs in Kuusamo at 66°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, Riisitunturi National Park
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get great views at Vuokatinvaara and then kick back and relax at Hiukka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Venajanhiekka and then get outside with Kainuun Vaellustalli.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sotkamo holiday planner.

Drive from Kuusamo to Sotkamo in 3.5 hours. In July in Sotkamo, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Venajanhiekka, Vuokatinvaara
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Kainuun Vaellustalli ©
Kainuun Vaellustalli
Vuokatinvaara ©
Vuokatinvaara

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill and then explore the activities along Pielinen. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Koli National Park driving holiday site.

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

2
nights
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Malonsaari, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lempukka Beach, then head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Imatra road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Imatra takes 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Imatra are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki itinerary tool.

You can take a train from Imatra to Helsinki in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Room Escape Games
Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market

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