9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly + Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Kotka
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h
2
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Vaasa
— 1 day
4
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Seattle

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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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stroll through Beach Mansikkalahti, take in the pleasant sights at Linden Esplanade, and then head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kotka trip itinerary planner.

Seattle, USA to Kotka is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 10 hours. Traveling from Seattle in April, things will get a bit cooler in Kotka: highs are around 45°F and lows about 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, trek along Akka-Koli Hill, and then trek along Paha-Koli Hill. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then explore the activities along Pielinen.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park day trip tool .

You can drive from Kotka to Koli National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. In April in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 28°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

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

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Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 14th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Vaasa trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Vaasa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 15th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and then kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere online trip maker .

You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Tampere sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 29°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tallipihan Suklaapuoti ©
Tallipihan Suklaapuoti

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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.
Head to Market Square Kauppatori and Artisaanifor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Rock Church. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and browse the different shops at Kamppi Shopping Centre.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip maker tool .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Helsinki are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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