8 days in Helsinki & Kotka Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Kotka Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki & Kotka Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Helsinki

4
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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 46 minutes away. Pack the 15th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, make a trip to Senate Square, and stroll through The Esplanadi Park.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki tour builder site .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In February in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Vantaa Art Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
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 16th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, then examine the collection at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Kotka Sculpture Promenade, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotka day trip planning site .

Drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Helsinki in February, expect Kotka to be slightly colder, temps between -2°C and -7°C. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Repovesi National Park
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

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