8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly

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Kotka

— 2 nights
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, stroll around Riverside Park, and admire the natural beauty at Sibelius Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Kotka trip builder site.

Salt Lake City, USA to Kotka is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Salt Lake City to Kotka. Traveling from Salt Lake City in July, expect nights in Kotka to be slightly colder, around 55°F, while days are colder, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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Helsinki

— 4 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Pack the 5th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks
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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."