8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  18​h
1
Kotka
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
5
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Newark

1
day
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. On the 27th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and finally stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kotka planning app .

Newark, USA to Kotka is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Kotka. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Newark in August: high temperatures in Kotka hover around 68°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 28th (Wed), enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere road trip site .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Tampere takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

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night
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
On the 30th (Fri), look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, then hike along Akka-Koli Hill, and then hike along Paha-Koli Hill.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip builder tool .

Drive from Tampere to Koli National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in August, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Koli Shop Retkitupa ©
Koli Shop Retkitupa

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): explore and take pictures at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Kiutakongas Rapids.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Kuusamo trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kuusamo

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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Safaris
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip website .

You can fly from Kuusamo to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Kuusamo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 53°F. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Fun & Games Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town

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