9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Kouvola
— 2 nights
4
Imatra
— 1 night
train + Fly:  5​h
5
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Nuuksio National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool .

Los Angeles, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 71°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, explore the striking landscape at Hiidenvuori, and then hike along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kouvola online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Tampere to Kouvola by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In July in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can take a train to Imatra.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hiidenvuori, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park

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Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): stroll through Lammassaari Island, stroll through Malonsaari, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Imatra online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Kouvola to Imatra by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Imatra are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Imatra

Nature Parks Trails
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari
Tainionkosken Church ©
Tainionkosken Church

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nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, and then trek along Kiutakongas Rapids.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Imatra to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Safaris
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

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