8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Lisbon
Fly + Drive:  10 h
1
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Imatra
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  5 h
3
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Lisbon

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Step off the beaten path and head to Repovesi National Park and Riverside Park. Family-friendly places like Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Linden Esplanade will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Hiidenvuori (in Iitti), Hamina Town Hall (in Hamina) and Beach Mansikkalahti (in Kotka). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kouvola online trip itinerary planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Kouvola is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Kouvola is 2 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in July, things will get a bit cooler in Kouvola: highs are around 24°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Hiidenvuori, Hamina Town Hall, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, step off the mainland to explore Malonsaari, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Imatra road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Imatra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Imatra, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Imatra

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

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then stroll through Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Kuusamo travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Imatra to Kuusamo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm ©
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm

1
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 23rd (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, thenhunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, thenget your game on at True VR, and finally get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

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

You can fly from Kuusamo to Helsinki in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Fun & Games Shopping
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Room Escape Games
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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