8 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hameenlinna
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Billings Logan International Airport

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Helsinki

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, make a trip to Senate Square, and brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip tool.

Billings, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Billings in May, expect nights in Helsinki to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

Kotka

— 2 nights
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 9th (Sun), walk around Katariina Seaside Park, hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, then go for a walk through Linden Esplanade, and finally head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, contemplate the long history of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then stroll around Riverside Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kotka route planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hameenlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 8 — 10:

Hameenlinna

— 2 nights
Hämeenlinna is a city and municipality of about inhabitants in the heart of the historical province of Häme in the south of Finland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): stroll around Aulanko, then see the interesting displays at Museo Militaria, and then get in on the family fun at Ahvenisto.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hameenlinna trip planner.

You can drive from Kotka to Hameenlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay May 10 — 12: