9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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



— 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. Go for a jaunt from Kotka to Kouvola to see Repovesi National Park about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Riverside Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Sibelius Park, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kotka visit planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Kotka is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Dusseldorf to Kotka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Dusseldorf in May: high temperatures in Kotka hover around 18°C and lows are around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 18 — 20:

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 21st (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, hike along Akka-Koli Hill, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, then make a trip to Paateri, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Kotka to Koli National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 20 — 22:


— 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, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki driving holiday site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Koli National Park to Helsinki. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 22 — 26:

Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."