4 days in Helsinki & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

4 days in Helsinki & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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4 days in Helsinki & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h 15​min
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Helsinki
— 1 night
2
Kotka
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
End: London

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night
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 6th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Sibelius Monument, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, and finally make a trip to Porvoo Old Town.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip maker website .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

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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 8th (Tue): let the kids burn off some steam at Katariina Seaside Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sibelius Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kotka online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Kotka sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Sibelius Park ©
Sibelius Park

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