12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Portland
Fly + Drive:  17 h 30 min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Portland

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 4th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kotka road trip planning tool.

Portland, USA to Kotka is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 10 hours. Traveling from Portland in September, expect Kotka to be a bit cooler, temps between 59°F and 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Arboretum Mustila
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

1
night
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 6th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall and then head off the coast to Lammassaari Island.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Imatra tour planning website.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Imatra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Imatra can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Imatra

Nature Parks
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Get in touch with nature at Ukko-Koli Hill and Pielinen. There's still lots to do: hike along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail and tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park holiday planner.

You can drive from Imatra to Koli National Park in 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get great views at Vuokatinvaara, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiukka, and then get outside with Kainuun Vaellustalli.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sotkamo trip planner.

Drive from Koli National Park to Sotkamo in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in September, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Vuokatinvaara
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Kainuun Vaellustalli ©
Kainuun Vaellustalli
Vuokatinvaara ©
Vuokatinvaara

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 11th (Tue), relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kuusamo trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Sotkamo to Kuusamo in 3.5 hours. September in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm ©
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm

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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.
On the 13th (Thu), visit Ullanlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then walk around Sibelius Monument, then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and finally stop by Pien Shop & Bar. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then don't miss a visit to Hakaniemi Market.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Kuusamo to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Kuusamo, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Ullanlinna ©
Ullanlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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