9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly

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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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stroll around Sibelius Park, walk around Riverside Park, then see the interesting displays at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and finally hike along Santalahti Nature Trail. On the next day, let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park, admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, admire the striking features of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kotka road trip planning website.

Yerevan, Armenia to Kotka is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Yerevan to Kotka is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Yerevan in May; daily highs in Kotka reach 18°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

Koli National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): trek along Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, trek along Akka-Koli Hill, then stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen. On your second day here, trek along Paha-Koli Hill, take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama, then make a trip to Paateri, and finally head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Koli National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

Helsinki

— 4 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, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki tour builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Koli National Park to Helsinki. In May, daytime highs in Helsinki are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay May 17 — 21:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."