15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11 h
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Sotkamo
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
7
Inari
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 15 min
8
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Jerusalem

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 11th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and then hike along Santalahti Nature Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Valkmusa National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka tour planning app .

Jerusalem, Israel to Kotka is an approximately 11-hour flight. In August, Kotka is cooler than Jerusalem - with highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Valkmusa National Park
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

1
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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.
On the 13th (Mon), hike along Malonsaari, identify plant and animal life at Lammassaari Island, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Imatra trip planner .

You can drive from Kotka to Imatra in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Imatra

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Paha-Koli Hill, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then explore the activities along Pielinen.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Imatra to Koli National Park in 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

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

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Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Venajanhiekka and then head outdoors with Kainuun Vaellustalli.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sotkamo day trip planner.

Drive from Koli National Park to Sotkamo in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Sotkamo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 18th (Sat), stroll through Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, and finally experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop and then head outdoors with Karhunkierros.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kuusamo trip planning app .

You can drive from Sotkamo to Kuusamo in 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 20th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Auttikongas, get in on the family fun at SantaPark, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi day trip site .

Traveling by bus from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Nature Parks
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 21st (Tue), experience rural life at Inari Reindeerfarm and then experience rural life at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Inari trip planner .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors
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Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Inari Reindeer Farm ©
Inari Reindeer Farm

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, pause for some photo ops at Sibelius Monument, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then don't miss a visit to Hakaniemi Market, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Helsinki Zoo. On your second day here, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and then stop by Pien.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki journey planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, Helsinki is a bit warmer than Inari - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Room Escape Games
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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