12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

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
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. Keep things going the next day: trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kuusamo road trip planner .

New York City, USA to Kuusamo is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. In July, Kuusamo is cooler than New York City - with highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Riisitunturi National Park, Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get great views at Vuokatinvaara and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Venajanhiekka and then get outside with Kainuun Vaellustalli.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sotkamo trip planning app .

Getting from Kuusamo to Sotkamo by car takes about 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to 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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): trek along Ukko-Koli Hill and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park road trip planner.

Drive from Sotkamo to Koli National Park in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 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
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
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, stroll through Lempukka Beach, then head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Imatra visit planner .

Drive from Koli National Park to Imatra in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Imatra

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the striking features of Rock Church, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner .

Traveling by train from Imatra to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Room Escape Games
Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market

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