9 days in Kotka & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Kotka & Helsinki Itinerary

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9 days in Kotka & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  15​h 30​min
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Toronto


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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Valkmusa National Park. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Fort Slava, then pause for some serene contemplation at Stromforsin ruukki, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lehman.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kotka driving holiday planner .

Toronto, Canada to Kotka is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Toronto to Kotka. Traveling from Toronto in June, things will get little chillier in Kotka: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stromforsin ruukki, Valkmusa National Park
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Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki


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.
You'll explore and learn at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Rock Church and Ullanlinna. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Sibelius Hall (in Lahti) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo, browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Market Hall, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki journey builder app .

You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Flamingo Entertainment Center, Sibelius Hall
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church