8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Helsinki

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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, make a trip to Senate Square, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning site.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Helsinki. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay May 4 — 7:

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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, pause for some photo ops at Kotka Sculpture Promenade, step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, then wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, stroll around Riverside Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip planning site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Koli National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, trek along Akka-Koli Hill, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama, make a trip to Paateri, see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, then stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, and finally hike along Paha-Koli Hill.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Koli National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. May in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

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."