9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Kouvola
— 1 day
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h
3
Muonio
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Abu Dhabi

1
day
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, then hike along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Ristin kirkko.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kouvola driving holiday site .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Kouvola is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Abu Dhabi to Kouvola, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in October, things will get much colder in Kouvola: highs are around 7°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Imatra.

Things to do in Kouvola

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Pyhan Ristin kirkko ©
Pyhan Ristin kirkko

1
night
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 13th (Sun): look for gifts at Imatran Kalatalo, take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, step off the mainland to explore Malonsaari, then trek along Lammassaari Island, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Imatra online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Kouvola to Imatra in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Imatra can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Imatra

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari

1
night
Muonio

Muonio ©
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Keimiotunturi Fell and then surround yourself with nature on Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Muonio travel route site .

Getting from Imatra to Muonio by car takes about 11.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Imatra in October: high temperatures in Muonio hover around 1°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Muonio

Outdoors Winter Sports Nature
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kuusamo trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Muonio to Kuusamo by car takes about 5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Safaris
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

3
nights
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 17th (Thu): admire the striking features of Rock Church, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, and finally look for gifts at Artisaani. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Nuuksio National Park.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki planner .

Getting from Kuusamo to Helsinki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Kuusamo - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Market Square Kauppatori ©
Market Square Kauppatori

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