21 days in Helsinki Region & Kotka Itinerary

21 days in Helsinki Region & Kotka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tartu
Drive:  6 h 15 min
1
Siltakyla
— 1 day
Drive:  45 min
2
Loviisa
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
3
Porvoo
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
4
Jarvenpaa
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
5
Hyvinkaa
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
6
Tuusula
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
7
Sipoo
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
8
Espoo
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
9
Vantaa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
End: Tartu

1
day
Siltakyla

Siltakyla ©
Valkmusa National Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 12th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Valkmusa National Park, then step off the mainland to explore Fagerö Kaunissaari, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kokkovuori (Bonfire Mountain), and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Huutjarvi Lake.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Siltakyla trip maker website.

Tartu, Estonia to Siltakyla is an approximately 8- hour car ride. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Loviisa.

Things to do in Siltakyla

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Fagerö Kaunissaari
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Fagerö Kaunissaari ©
Fagerö Kaunissaari
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park

3
nights
Loviisa

Loviisa ©
Loviisa is a municipality and town of inhabitants on the southern coast of Finland. Loviisa is known for historic sites, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a leisurely stroll along Laivasilta, contemplate the long history of Ungern and Rosen Fortresses, pause for some serene contemplation at Loviisan kirkko, and see the interesting displays at Loviisa Maritime Museum.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Loviisa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Siltakyla to Loviisa takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Porvoo.

Things to do in Loviisa

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

St Michael Church, Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa
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Loviisan kirkko ©
Loviisan kirkko
Loviisa Maritime Museum ©
Loviisa Maritime Museum
St Michael Church ©
St Michael Church

2
nights
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Söderskärin majakka, then revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, then make a trip to Porvoo Old Town, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Porvoo. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenkirnut, steep yourself in history at The Runeberg Home, see the interesting displays at Porvoo Museum/Holm House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Hill, and finally walk around Runeberg Park.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Porvoo travel route planner.

Porvoo is just a stone's throw from Loviisa. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Jarvenpaa.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Hiidenkirnut
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Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Brunberg Candy Factory Shop ©
Brunberg Candy Factory Shop

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nights
Jarvenpaa

Jarvenpaa ©
Järvenpää is a town and municipality of Finland.HistoryJärvenpää was separated from its parent community Tuusula in 1951. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jarvenpaan ortodoksinen kirkko, admire the landmark architecture of Alvar Aalto"s Villa Kokkonen, then see the interesting displays at Ahola, and finally admire the natural beauty at Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jarvenpaan moskeija, admire the masterpieces at Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jarvenpaan kirkko, then get out in the countryside at Jau Jau Icelandic Horses, and finally identify plant and animal life at Lemmenlaakson luonnonsuojelualue.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Jarvenpaa road trip planning website.

Getting from Porvoo to Jarvenpaa by car takes about an hour. In July in Jarvenpaa, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Hyvinkaa.

Things to do in Jarvenpaa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Jau Jau Icelandic Horses
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Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius ©
Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius
Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo ©
Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo
Ahola ©
Ahola

1
night
Hyvinkaa

Hyvinkaa ©
Hyvinkää is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 20th (Mon), browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Willa, explore the world behind art at Riihimaki Art Museum, then see the interesting displays at Hunting Museum of Finland, and finally find something for the whole family at Puuhamaa.

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Hyvinkaa is very close to Jarvenpaa. July in Hyvinkaa sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tuusula.

Things to do in Hyvinkaa

Museums Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Riihimaki, Puuhamaa
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Puuhamaa ©
Puuhamaa
Kauppakeskus Willa ©
Kauppakeskus Willa

1
night
Tuusula

Tuusula ©
Tuusula is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): examine the collection at Lotta Museum, then explore the world behind art at Halosenniemi Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Tuusula Church.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tuusula trip planner.

You can drive from Hyvinkaa to Tuusula in an hour. July in Tuusula sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Sipoo.

Things to do in Tuusula

Museums Historic Sites
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Halosenniemi Museum ©
Halosenniemi Museum
Lotta Museum ©
Lotta Museum
Tuusula Church ©
Tuusula Church

3
nights
Sipoo

Sipoo ©
Sipoo is a municipality of Finland. Sipoo is known for museums and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sipoonkorpi National Park, step off the mainland to explore Kaunissaari, and look for gifts at Gumbostrand Konst & Form.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sipoo trip app.

Sipoo is just a short distance from Tuusula. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Espoo.

Things to do in Sipoo

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Sipoonkorpi National Park ©
Sipoonkorpi National Park
Gumbostrand Konst & Form ©
Gumbostrand Konst & Form

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nights
Espoo

Espoo ©
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): stroll around Nuuksio National Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Espoo Cathedral. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Kaitalampi, admire the striking features of Hvittrask, engage your brain at The Finnish Museum of Horology, then explore the world behind art at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Exhibition Centre WeeGee.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Espoo route planner.

You can drive from Sipoo to Espoo in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Espoo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Vantaa.

Things to do in Espoo

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Hvittrask
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Kaitalampi ©
Kaitalampi
Espoo Cathedral ©
Espoo Cathedral

3
nights
Vantaa

Vantaa ©
Though technically its own city, Vantaa is considered by many to be a Helsinki suburb, and it is where most visitors land when they fly to Finland.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): engage your brain at Heureka, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pyhan Laurin kirkko, then browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Jumbo, and finally stroll around Kuusijarvi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have some family-friendly fun at HopLop Vantaa, see the interesting displays at Finnish Aviation Museum, then browse the different shops at Jumbo Shopping Center, and finally browse the different shops at Flamingo Entertainment Center.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Vantaa trip maker website.

Vantaa is just a short distance from Espoo. In July, daytime highs in Vantaa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Kotka.

Things to do in Vantaa

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Finnish Aviation Museum ©
Finnish Aviation Museum
Heureka ©
Heureka
Kuusijarvi ©
Kuusijarvi

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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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Riverside Park as well as Sapokka Water Garden. Go for a jaunt from Kotka to Kouvola to see Repovesi National Park about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church, observe the fascinating underwater world at Maretarium, and stroll around Palotorninvuori Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kotka trip planner.

You can drive from Vantaa to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Kotka are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You will leave for home on the 1st (Sat).

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Repovesi National Park
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo