12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6 h
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Tampere
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: London

4
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.
Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Bellevue Beach (in Hanko), Inkoon kirkko (in Inkoo) and Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and visit Katajanokka.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Helsinki travel route planner .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from London in February, with highs in Helsinki at 0°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Spas Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Inkoon kirkko, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Bellevue Beach
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Spas

2
nights
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 22nd (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Mansikkalahti, make a trip to Linden Esplanade, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, and finally wander the streets of Stromforsin ruukki. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Lehman, stroll through Aijanniemi Beach, then take a stroll through Hamina Old Town, then admire the striking features of Hamina Town Hall, and finally admire the striking features of Hamina Fortress.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kotka trip app .

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Helsinki in February, things will get slightly colder in Kotka: highs are around -2°C and lows about -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hamina, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Stromforsin Ruukki
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Lehman ©
Lehman
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Stromforsin Ruukki ©
Stromforsin Ruukki

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 24th (Mon): see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski, stop by Imatran Kalatalo, hike along Lammassaari Island, then kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Imatra attractions planner .

You can drive from Kotka to Imatra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Imatra are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Beaches Nature
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Imatrankoski ©
Imatrankoski
Tainionkosken Church ©
Tainionkosken Church

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Pori (Herrainpaivat Beach, Yyteri Beach, & more), Pihamaa Estate & Winery (in Asikkala) and Vitikkala Manor (in Jamsa). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, and see the interesting displays at Automobile & Road Museum Mobilia.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Imatra to Tampere takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pori, Vitikkala Manor, Pihamaa Estate & Winery, Automobile & Road Museum Mobilia
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Spas