8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
2
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h
End: London

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get outside with Setterbergin Puisto, explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, and then examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Vaasa trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Vaasa is an approximately 10.5- hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Vaasa is 2 hours. In May, Vaasa is a bit cooler than London - with highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Setterbergin Puisto ©
Setterbergin Puisto
Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum ©
Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): hike along Herajarvi Hiking Trail, identify plant and animal life at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, then hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, and finally trek along Paha-Koli Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, look for all kinds of wild species at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen, then trek along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, and finally explore the activities along Pielinen.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park online holiday planner.

Getting from Vaasa to Koli National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenvuori, explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Woikosken Automuseo. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, examine the collection at Model Railroad Museum Kouvola, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, then walk around Riverside Park, and finally trek along Santalahti Nature Trail.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kouvola vacation maker tool.

Drive from Koli National Park to Kouvola in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Woikosken Automuseo, Arboretum Mustila, Hiidenvuori
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally step off the mainland to explore Vallisaari. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

Take a train from Kouvola to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Helsinki sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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