8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dammam
Fly:  18​h
1
Helsinki
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Dammam

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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 (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then wander the streets of Katajanokka, and finally step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Helsinki planner .

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dammam to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dammam in April, expect Helsinki to be much colder, temps between 9°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kotka.

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
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. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Beach Mansikkalahti, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kotka road trip tool .

Getting from Helsinki to Kotka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in April, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

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Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, then hike along Akka-Koli Hill, and then stroll through Paha-Koli Hill. On your second day here, fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, then stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park tour website .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Koli National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

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Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Akaslompolo trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Koli National Park to Akaslompolo in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in April, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Tours Winter Sports

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Levi Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Safaris
Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up

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