12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly + Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden and then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kotka online driving holiday planner .

Portland, USA to Kotka is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Portland to Kotka, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Kotka is slightly colder than Portland - with highs of 59°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough 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 step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Imatra holiday planner .

You can drive from Kotka to Imatra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Imatra are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Imatra

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

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Paha-Koli Hill. Get in touch with nature at Pielinen and Ukko-Koli Hill.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park journey tool .

You can drive from Imatra to Koli National Park in 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to 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, kick back and relax at Hiukka, and then get outside with Kainuun Vaellustalli.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sotkamo travel route builder .

Getting from Koli National Park to Sotkamo by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Sotkamo can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

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), experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm and then take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kuusamo trip itinerary planning site .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough 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 ©

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take a stroll through Ullanlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then appreciate the history behind Sibelius Monument, then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and finally look for gifts at Pien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally make a trip to Hakaniemi Market.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki vacation maker app .

You can fly from Kuusamo to Helsinki in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kuusamo in September, you will find days in Helsinki are a bit warmer (61°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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