12-Day Finland Road Trip from Helsinki traveling east to Lappeenranta, Mikkeli, Kuopio, Joensuu, Imatra, and Lahti

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Escape the ordinary with this exciting 12-day road trip through Finland that promises to leave you speechless. With this exciting adventure, you will have the chance to explore the diverse landscapes and local cultures of Helsinki, Lappeenranta, Savonlinna, Mikkeli, Kuopio, Siilinjärvi, Joensuu, Kontiolahti, Imatra, Luumäki, Lahti, Kouvola, and Kotka. Pack your bags, hit the road, and prepare for an unforgettable journey where every moment becomes a lasting story.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in Finland takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 4 nights in Helsinki, 1 night in Lappeenranta, 1 night in Mikkeli, 1 night in Kuopio, 1 night in Joensuu, 1 night in Imatra, and 2 nights in Lahti. Anticipate well-spent days sightseeing, eating delicious food, and experiencing the highlights of each destination!

With this travel package, you can choose from an extensive selection of accommodations along your road trip route in Finland. We have handpicked the best hotels and places to stay across the country, including options for each budget. Whether you are in the mood for luxurious 5-star hotels or budget-friendly bed and breakfasts, we have got you covered.

Upon arriving in Helsinki, the rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for collection. From there, the road trip can begin! Experience the ultimate freedom and uncover Finland on your own terms.

An expertly curated travel plan makes sure you don’t miss out on any of the best things to see and do on your road trip in Finland. Kauppatori and Senate Square are just a couple of the bucket-list attractions that await your discovery.

As you hit the open road and drive through Helsinki, Lappeenranta, Savonlinna, Mikkeli, Kuopio, Siilinjärvi, Joensuu, Kontiolahti, Imatra, Luumäki, Lahti, Kouvola, and Kotka, you will also enjoy plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of Finland. Whether you are exploring enchanting towns and villages, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there is always something new and exciting to experience in Finland.

Throughout your road trip in Finland, take breaks from sightseeing to explore your favorite destinations' top shopping streets and markets. Discover unique souvenirs that will forever remind you of your self-drive adventure in Finland.

This package offers an all-in-one solution for your trip planning - choose flights, a rental car, accommodation, attractions, and tours that suit your needs and desires. You can customize each day of your road trip itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking.

The best services in Finland fill up quickly, so book your spot early. Select a date and start planning your road trip in Finland today!

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Hotel, 11 nights
Rental car, 12 days
CDW Insurance
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Personal travel agent
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Destinations

Helsinki cityscape with Helsinki Cathedral and port, FinlandHelsinki / 4 nights
Siilinjärvi
Verla
Photo of aerial view of beautiful landscape of lakes and forest in Imatra, Finland.Imatra / 1 night
Lahti - city in FinlandLahti / 2 nights
Savonlinna - city in FinlandSavonlinna
Kuopio - city in FinlandKuopio / 1 night
Kotka - city in FinlandKotka
Photo of the town of Lappeenranta from the fortress Linnoitus.Lappeenranta / 1 night
South Savo - region in FinlandSouth Savo / 1 night
Taavetti
Joensuu - city in FinlandJoensuu / 1 night
Kouvola - city in FinlandKouvola

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Photo of scenic summer panorama of the Market Square (Kauppatori) at the Old Town pier in Helsinki, Finland.Market Square
Senate Square, Kruununhaka, Southern major district, Helsinki, Helsinki sub-region, Uusimaa, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandSenate Square
Photo of Statue of JL Runeberg, the national poet of Finland, at Esplanadi park avenue in Helsinki, Finland.Esplanadi park
Photo of entrance gate and ticket office of the Korkeasaari Zoo. It is the largest zoo in Finland, located on the island.Korkeasaari Zoo
Photo of aerial View of Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki, Finland.Temppeliaukio Church
Photo of Helsinki Cathedral over city center in spring, Finland.Helsinki Cathedral
Photo of art gallery Ateneum. Museum of Finnish, international art.Ateneum
Museum of Contemporary Art KiasmaMuseum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
Photo of the Kaivopuisto park and Harakka island on the background, Helsinki, Finland.Kaivopuisto
Photo of the National Museum of Finland ,Helsinki, Finland.National Museum of Finland
Photo of Sibelius Monument (artist Eila Hiltunen, 1967) dedicated to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius in Helsinki Sibelius Park, it consists more than 600 hollow steel pipes, Helsinki, Finland.Sibelius Monument
Photo of bridge to the Olavinlinna Olofsborg, the 15th-century medieval three-tower castle located in Savonlinna, Finland.Olavinlinna Castle
Koli National Park, Lieksa, Pielisen Karjalan seutukunta, North Karelia, Regional State Administrative Agency for Eastern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandKoli National Park
Photo of Natural History museum is located next to Finnish parliament building and attracts tourists all year long, Helsinki, Finland.Finnish Museum of Natural History
Sibelius Park, Taka-Töölö, Southern major district, Helsinki, Helsinki sub-region, Uusimaa, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandSibelius Park
Photo of Scene of Kuopio Market Square, with stalls, the town hall, locals and visitors, in Kuopio, Finland.Kuopio Market Square
Kaisaniemi ParkKaisaniemi Park
SkyWheel Helsinki, Katajanokka, Southern major district, Helsinki, Helsinki sub-region, Uusimaa, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandSkyWheel Helsinki
Savonlinna Market SquareSavonlinna Market Square
Photo of spillway on hydroelectric power station dam Imatrankoski, Imatra, Finland.Imatrankoski
Photo of great Public park Sapokka in Kotka town, Finland.Sapokka
Sandcastle Lappeenranta, Lappeenranta, Lappeenrannan seutukunta, South Karelia, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandSandcastle Lappeenranta
Katariina Seaside Park, Kotka, Kotkan–Haminan seutukunta, Kymenlaakso, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandKatariina Seaside Park‎
Photo of the new sea museum Maritime Centre Vellamo in Kotka, Finland.Maritime Centre Vellamo
Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge, Kotka, Kotkan–Haminan seutukunta, Kymenlaakso, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandLanginkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge
Lappeenranta Fortress, Lappeenranta, Lappeenrannan seutukunta, South Karelia, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandLappeenranta Fortress
UPM Verlan tehdasmuseo, Kouvola, Kouvolan seutukunta, Kymenlaakso, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandVerla mill museum
Koli Nature Center Ukko, Lieksa, Pielisen Karjalan seutukunta, North Karelia, Regional State Administrative Agency for Eastern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandKoli Nature Center Ukko
Lusto's main building on the right and the extension on the left.Lusto – The Finnish Forest Museum
Photo of beautiful aerial view of Repovesi National Park, Kouvola ,Finland.Repovesi National Park
Kasurila, Siilinjärvi, Kuopio sub-region, North Savo, Regional State Administrative Agency for Eastern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandKasurila
Valkeisenlammen puisto
Museum of Kuopio, Kuopio, Kuopio sub-region, North Savo, Regional State Administrative Agency for Eastern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandMuseum of Kuopio
Hapelähde Park, Kuopio, Kuopio sub-region, North Savo, Regional State Administrative Agency for Eastern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandHapelähde Park
Mustavaara, Kontiolahti, Joensuun seutukunta, North Karelia, Regional State Administrative Agency for Eastern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandMustavaara
Kuopio Natural History Museum in summer, Kuopio, Northern Savonia, FinlandOld Kuopio Museum
Joensuu Art Museum, Joensuun kantakaupunki, Joensuu, Joensuun seutukunta, North Karelia, Regional State Administrative Agency for Eastern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandJoensuu Art Museum
Photo of Kotkaniemi in Luumäki, Finland.Kotkaniemi
Koli
Kruununpuisto, Imatra, Imatran seutukunta, South Karelia, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandKruununpuisto
Aerial view of Joensuu ChurchJoensuu Church
Kimola kanal, Kouvola, Kouvolan seutukunta, Kymenlaakso, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandKimola kanal
The Courting Wolf, Joensuun kantakaupunki, Joensuu, Joensuun seutukunta, North Karelia, Regional State Administrative Agency for Eastern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandThe Courting Wolf

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Day 1

Day 1 – Helsinki - arrival day

  • Helsinki - Arrival day
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  • Esplanadi park
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Welcome to Helsinki, the perfect starting point for your road trip in Finland! Pick up your rental car and let the adventure begin. You will spend 3 nights immersing yourself in Helsinki's charm before embarking on the next leg of your journey.

Helsinki is a beautiful city with plenty to discover. If you arrive before check-in time or prefer to get started on your sightseeing right away, we recommend checking out Esplanadi park or taking a stroll in the city center. Soak in the lovely atmosphere and sit down for a bit to eat or drink.

Find your way to your hotel in Helsinki. We recommend choosing a hotel in a central location for easy exploring. Check-in typically starts between 2 and 4 PM at hotels in Finland. Settle in and make plans for the evening.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Helsinki. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

This -awardee earns consistently high praises from previous guests, making it a must-visit addition to your holiday experience. This awardee is a highly recommended choice for an unforgettable meal. Make sure to reserve a table at Lappi Ravintola, an iconic dining spot in Helsinki. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Restaurant Vltava, a popular restaurant in Helsinki. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of Löyly Helsinki, a hidden gem nestled in Helsinki. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

After enjoying a delightful dinner, why not delve into the vibrant local bar scene? You might want to spend the evening at Base Bar, a well-loved spot among locals and tourists. Or, head to One Pint Pub. This bar boasts a welcoming environment that is perfect for winding down. You could also continue your night at Liberty or Death, another top-rated place in the area.

Raise a toast to the start of your 12-day road trip in Finland!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Helsinki

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Drive 4 km, 1 hour 1 min

  • Temppeliaukio Church
  • Finnish Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
  • National Museum of Finland
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On day 2 of your road trip, you will have an entire day to explore Helsinki. You’ll stay in Helsinki for 2 nights and discover all the best things to see and do in the area.

Kick off the day at Temppeliaukio Church, a top pick for today’s sightseeing. This cave church is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 11,662 reviews.

Today is also your chance to visit Finnish Museum of Natural History. Finnish Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 5,155 reviews.

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma is another top attraction we highly recommend you visit today. This museum is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 7,063 visitors.

Beyond the attractions mentioned above, you also have the opportunity to visit National Museum of Finland. This national museum is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 6,147 visitors. Visiting National Museum of Finland means you'll be one of 447,139 people who do so every year.

Don’t forget to check out all the popular tours and activities you can add to your travel plan. Finland is a beautiful travel destination that offers plenty of unique tours that will enhance your vacation experience. Explore and select your activities below.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Helsinki. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

This renowned restaurant holds , and offers an exceptional menu of cuisine. This acclaimed -recipient consistently leaves guests satisfied, making it a must-visit during your holiday. With a recognition, it guarantees an exceptional dining adventure. Make sure to reserve a table at Ravintola Nokka, an iconic dining spot in Helsinki. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Hotel Kämp, a popular restaurant in Helsinki. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of Ravintola Teerenpeli, a hidden gem nestled in Helsinki. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

Cap off your dinner by heading to Kaisla, ideal for a leisurely evening with a drink in hand. Beaver Bar is another bar that offers an enjoyable setting. Similarly, Praha is also a popular place to go on a night out, perfect for relaxing and socializing.

Relax and reminisce about your day in Finland and look forward to more memorable moments to come!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Helsinki

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Drive 20 km, 1 hour 3 min

  • Korkeasaari Zoo
  • SkyWheel Helsinki
  • Kaivopuisto
  • Sibelius Park
  • Sibelius Monument
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Day 3 of your road trip across Finland promises a magnificent time exploring Helsinki. You have 1 night left in Helsinki. Take the opportunity to experience more of the best attractions and activities in the city.

When you're ready to see some sights, Korkeasaari Zoo is a great place to start. This zoo is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 12,452 visitors. Korkeasaari Zoo attracts more than 498,266 visitors every year.

Another popular attraction you can visit today is SkyWheel Helsinki. This ferris wheel has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 3,888 travelers.

We also recommend a stop at Kaivopuisto. The neighbourhood of helsinki has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 6,621 visitors.

If you're keen to explore more, consider visiting Sibelius Park. This park is a popular attraction with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 5,509 reviews.

Sibelius Monument is another easily accessible place to visit on this day of your trip. Stop by this sculpture, rated 4.3 out of 5 stars in 6,019 reviews, to discover more of what makes it unique.

If you have an appetite for more adventure, check out the fantastic selection of tours and tickets offered in Helsinki on this day of your trip. You'll find the most recommended ones below.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Helsinki. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

This renowned restaurant holds , and offers an exceptional menu of cuisine. This acclaimed -recipient consistently leaves guests satisfied, making it a must-visit during your holiday. With a recognition, it guarantees an exceptional dining adventure. Dine in style at Restaurant Pompier, a top recommendation for dinner tonight. Or, for a change of pace, Kappeli boasts a menu that's sure to impress. Also, be sure to check out Restaurant Farang. Known as a local hotspot, it’s a great choice for tonight in Helsinki.

Continue the enjoyment post-dinner at The Riff, a cherished local gathering spot renowned for its welcoming atmosphere. Similarly, Roasberg offers a vibrant space for indulging in well-crafted drinks and engaging conversation.

Take some time to reflect on your day and savor another beautiful night in Finland.

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Day 4

Day 4 – Helsinki and Lappeenranta

  • Lappeenranta
  • Helsinki
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Drive 225 km, 3 hours 3 min

  • Ateneum
  • Helsinki Cathedral
  • Senate Square
  • Market Square
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Dive into day 4 of your remarkable road trip in Finland. Today you will explore Helsinki, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Lappeenranta. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Lappeenranta. This car ride takes around 2 hours 42 min.

Kick off the day at Ateneum, a top pick for today’s sightseeing. Attracting approximately 400,000 visits every year, this attraction is a must-see. This art museum is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 7,449 reviews.

Today is also your chance to visit Helsinki Cathedral. Helsinki Cathedral is a lutheran cathedral with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 10,211 reviews.

Senate Square is another top attraction we highly recommend you visit today. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 18,455 visitors.

Beyond the attractions mentioned above, you also have the opportunity to visit Kauppatori. This market square is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 25,097 visitors.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Lappeenranta, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the city.

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Lappeenranta.

This popular restaurant holds , and offers an exceptional menu of cuisine. This acclaimed -recipient consistently leaves guests satisfied, ensuring an essential addition to your holiday itinerary. With a recognition, it promises an exceptional dining experience not to be missed. Don’t miss out on dining at Angus Steak & Wine, a top-rated dining destination in Lappeenranta. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider My Bakery Cafe Oy, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Ravintola Iskender. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Lappeenranta this evening.

Explore the vibrant nightlife at Lamppu after your meal, a hub for lively evenings and memorable moments. Or, head to Pikku Pete Pub for a great selection of flavorful drinks and a charming setting. Furthermore, GI-Ki Oy is perfect for those looking to extend their night with a touch of local flavor.

As the day draws to a close, take a moment to unwind and prepare for the next exciting chapter of your road trip in in Finland.

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Day 5

Day 5 – Lappeenranta, Savonlinna, and Mikkeli

  • South Savo
  • Savonlinna
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Drive 264 km, 3 hours 24 min

  • Lusto – The Finnish Forest Museum
  • Olavinlinna Castle
  • Savonlinna Market Square
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On day 5 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Finland, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 1 destination, Savonlinna. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Mikkeli, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Mikkeli, home to many well-known sights in the region, is a lovely destination on today’s itinerary. Keep in mind that your travel time from Savonlinna to Mikkeli may take around 1 hour 18 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival in Mikkeli, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

Make Olavinlinna Castle your first stop of the day. Previous visitors have rated this stronghold an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 5,676 reviews.

Next up, make a stop at Savonlinna Market Square. With an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 3,683 visitors, it's easy to understand why so many people visit this sightseeing destination every year.

After soaking in Savonlinna’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Mikkeli. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 1 hour 18 min. When you arrive in Mikkeli, it's time to take a break from the road.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Lusto – The Finnish Forest Museum. This extraordinary museum is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,571 visitors.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Mikkeli. Mikkeli offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Mikkeli. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Esteemed for its , this restaurant offers a remarkable selection of cuisine. This esteemed -recipient consistently impresses guests, making it a must-visit spot during your holiday. With its recognition, it guarantees an unforgettable dining adventure. Savor the flavors at Ravintola Vino, a top pick for dinner tonight. Alternatively, Dragon Sheng beckons with its unique menu offerings. Also, consider Angela Kebab-Pizzeria. With its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an excellent option for dining in Mikkeli tonight.

Continue your lively evening at Jälkipeli Pub, Karaoke, Sports Bar, a perfect place for winding down or revving up the night, depending on which mood you’re in. Patteri Baari is another excellent bar that offers a great selection of drinks to suit any mood. If you prefer to go somewhere else, Mikkelin Keskusbaari Oy ensures a night out tailored to your taste.

As the sun sets on another day of adventure, rest up and recharge for the next leg of your road trip in Finland.

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Day 6

Day 6 – Mikkeli, Kuopio, and Siilinjärvi

  • Kuopio
  • Siilinjärvi
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Drive 205 km, 2 hours 47 min

  • Kasurila
  • Valkeisenlammen puisto
  • Hapelähde Park
  • Museum of Kuopio
  • Kuopio Market Square
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On day 6 of your road trip in Finland, you will get a true taste of the freedom a self-drive vacation in Europe entails. Today’s travel plans include stops at the most scenic, wondrous, and interesting places in Kuopio and Siilinjärvi. In the evening, you’ll end up in Kuopio, where you will stay for 1 night.

When you’re ready for some sightseeing, make your way to Valkeisenlammen puisto. This much-appreciated park is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars in 784 reviews.

Next up is Hapelähde Park. This park has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 547 visitors.

Another top sightseeing recommendation is Museum of Kuopio. This museum has been rated 4.3 out of 5 stars in 613 reviews.

Kuopio Market Square is another attraction you have the opportunity to visit today. This market square has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 5,021 reviews.

Set your GPS to Siilinjärvi and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 2 hours 3 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Siilinjärvi beckons with new experiences!

Make Kasurila one of your first sightseeing stops in Siilinjärvi. Rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 811 travelers, a visit to this local attraction makes for a great introduction to the area.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Kuopio, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

As you explore more of Kuopio, you'll discover that its culinary landscape is as diverse as its attractions. Whether you're craving traditional dishes bursting with local flavors or innovative creations that push the boundaries of taste, you're sure to find a dining experience that satisfies your cravings.

This -awardee earns consistently high praises from guests. As a top-rated it is an ideal choice in the city. Enjoy a lovely meal at Hygge BRO, a top-rated place to have dinner tonight. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, Restaurant Isä Camillo is another top choice with a popular menu. You could also check for a table at Panza Kuopio. As an establishment that gains consistently high praises from customers, it’s an ideal choice in Kuopio tonight.

Cap off your culinary experience with a visit to some of the most celebrated bars in the area. For instance, Olutravintola Malja stands out as an excellent choice for a post-dinner cocktail. Alternatively, Ale Pupi offers an ideal atmosphere to enjoy the pleasures of the night. Hophaus Kuopio is also a great option that provides a perfect setting for a relaxing evening.

Take some time to reflect on your day and savor another beautiful night in Finland.

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Day 7

Day 7 – Kuopio, Ylä-Koli, and Joensuu

  • Joensuu
  • Kuopio
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Drive 223 km, 3 hours 26 min

  • Old Kuopio Museum
  • Koli Nature Center Ukko
  • Koli National Park
  • Koli
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 7 of your road trip in Finland. Today, you will make 2 stops and experience some of the highlights of Kuopio and Ylä-Koli. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Joensuu, which will be your home away from home for 1 night.

When you’ve had your share of Kuopio, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Ylä-Koli. Your travel time is around 2 hours 14 min.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Old Kuopio Museum. This museum is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 439 visitors.

Ylä-Koli’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Kuopio behind. This drive usually takes around 2 hours 14 min. Ylä-Koli welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

Drop by the renowned Koli Nature Center Ukko. This popular sightseeing destination has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,627 visitors.

Another unforgettable place to experience is Koli National Park. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 5,224 visitors, this park deserves a spot on today's sightseeing itinerary.

We also recommend a visit to Koli. This mountain has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 345 reviews.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Joensuu, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the city.

After a day of adventure, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at one of Joensuu's best restaurants.

This renowned restaurant holds , and offers an exceptional menu of cuisine. This acclaimed -recipient consistently leaves guests satisfied, making it a must-visit during your holiday. With a recognition, it guarantees an exceptional dining adventure. Dine in style at Joensuun Fever Oy, a top recommendation for dinner tonight. Or, for a change of pace, Kerubi boasts a menu that's sure to impress. Also, be sure to check out Original Sokos Hotel Kimmel. Known as a local hotspot, it’s a great choice for tonight in Joensuu.

Continue the enjoyment post-dinner at Summer restaurant Tuulaaki, a cherished local gathering spot renowned for its welcoming atmosphere. Similarly, 60's Palaver offers a vibrant space for indulging in well-crafted drinks and engaging conversation. You may also want to check out Jet Set Bar Oy. This bar is a favorite among both locals and visitors looking for a delightful evening out filled with laughter and fun.

Say good night to Joensuu and look forward to another great day of your road trip in Finland!

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Day 8

Day 8 – Joensuu, Kontiolahti, and Imatra

  • Imatra
  • Joensuu
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Drive 247 km, 3 hours 17 min

  • Joensuu Art Museum
  • The Courting Wolf
  • Mustavaara
  • Joensuu Church
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 8 of your road trip in Finland. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 2 vibrant destinations - Kontiolahti and Joensuu. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Imatra. You will spend 1 night here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Upon reaching Kontiolahti, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Mustavaara. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 490 reviews.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Joensuu, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Imatra. This drive usually takes around 2 hours 27 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Joensuu Art Museum. This museum is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 425 visitors.

When you’re finished at Joensuu Art Museum, head to The Courting Wolf. This one-of-a-kind sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 138 reviews.

Beyond the above-mentioned attractions, you also have the opportunity to visit Joensuu Church. This church building is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 292 visitors.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Imatra. Imatra offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Imatra's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

This -awardee earns consistently high praises from previous guests, making it a must-visit addition to your holiday experience. This awardee is a highly recommended choice for an unforgettable meal. Make sure to reserve a table at Restaurant Buttenhoff and Café Julia, an iconic dining spot in Imatra. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Ravintola Havanna Kebab Pizzeria, a popular restaurant in Imatra. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of Kent - Pizza & Steak House, a hidden gem nestled in Imatra. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

Round off your dining experience by visiting Osmo's Cosmos Bar, a prime location for a drink. Alternatively, explore the distinctive characteristics of Kuohu Bar, a bar catering to every mood and preference. Pub Vahti likewise offers a unique atmosphere, perfect for a memorable night out.

Raise your glass and celebrate another amazing day of your road trip in Finland!

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Day 9

Day 9 – Imatra, Lappeenranta, Luumäki, and Lahti

  • Lahti
  • Lappeenranta
  • Taavetti
  • Imatra
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Drive 195 km, 2 hours 52 min

  • Kruununpuisto
  • Imatrankoski
  • Sandcastle Lappeenranta
  • Lappeenranta Fortress
  • Kotkaniemi
  • More

Dive into day 9 of your remarkable road trip in Finland. Today you will explore Lappeenranta, Luumäki, and Imatra, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Lahti. You’ll stay here for 2 nights.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Imatra, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Lappeenranta. This drive usually takes around 32 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

When you’re ready for some sightseeing, make your way to Sandcastle Lappeenranta. This much-appreciated point of interest is rated 4.1 out of 5 stars in 3,011 reviews.

Next up is Lappeenranta Fortress. This point of interest has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 1,767 visitors.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Luumäki.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Kotkaniemi. This farm is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 378 visitors.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Lahti, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Lahti. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

Renowned for its , this restaurant presents an outstanding menu of cuisine. This distinguished -recipient is a favorite among guests, making it a worthy addition to your holiday plans. With an acclaim, it promises a dining experience you won't want to miss. Treat yourself to a delicious dinner at Pancho Villa Lahti, an excellent option for tonight's dining. Looking for something different? Asemapäällikkö konditoria offers a tantalizing alternative with its diverse menu. And don’t miss Coppa Eatery. With its reputation for pleasing customers, it’s a fantastic choice for tonight in Lahti.

After savoring a delicious meal, step into the vibrant nightlife at Bar & Bistro Lahti, where the evening is just getting started. In the same way, Tirra offers a unique charm perfect for experiencing the local bar scene in Lahti. Wanha Mestari is another top-recommended bar that is sure to get you into the mood for some dancing and celebrating.

Celebrate another amazing day of your road trip adventure in Finland!

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Day 10

Day 10 – Lahti and Kouvola

  • Lahti
  • Kouvola
  • Verla
  • More

Drive 216 km, 3 hours 25 min

  • Repovesi National Park
  • Verla mill museum
  • Kimola kanal
  • More

Day 10 of your road trip will take you to the best attractions Kouvola has to offer. Cherish the 1 night you have left in Kouvola by discovering the best things there are to see and do in the city.

Immerse yourself in the local scene through top-rated tours and activities. You can choose from a wide variety of easy to challenging tours and easily add them to your travel package below.

As you explore more of Lahti, you'll discover that its culinary landscape is as diverse as its attractions. Whether you're craving traditional dishes bursting with local flavors or innovative creations that push the boundaries of taste, you're sure to find a dining experience that satisfies your cravings.

Esteemed for its , this restaurant offers a remarkable selection of cuisine. This esteemed -recipient consistently impresses guests, making it a must-visit spot during your holiday. With its recognition, it guarantees an unforgettable dining adventure. Savor the flavors at Santa Fé, a top pick for dinner tonight. Alternatively, Mamma Maria beckons with its unique menu offerings. Also, consider Trattoria. With its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an excellent option for dining in Lahti tonight.

Keep the evening going at Ravintola Hiidenkivi Ky, a great choice for enjoying the after-dinner hours with a drink. You could also go to Tripla Bar, which offers a similarly pleasant setting and great drinks.

Head back to your accommodation in Lahti and get some rest in preparation for another magical day of your road trip in Finland!

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Day 11

Day 11 – Lahti, Kotka, and Helsinki

  • Helsinki
  • Kotka
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Drive 262 km, 3 hours 28 min

  • Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge
  • Katariina Seaside Park‎
  • Sapokka
  • Maritime Centre Vellamo
  • More

On day 11 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Finland, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 1 destination, Kotka. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Helsinki, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

Kotka’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Lahti behind. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 26 min. Kotka welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

When you're ready to see some sights, Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge is a great place to start. This museum is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,703 visitors.

Another popular attraction you can visit today is Katariina Seaside Park‎. This park has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 2,357 travelers.

We also recommend a stop at Sapokka. The park has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,810 visitors.

If you're keen to explore more, consider visiting Maritime Centre Vellamo. This maritime museum is a popular attraction with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1,802 reviews.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Helsinki, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the city.

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Helsinki.

This local establishment consistently satisfies guests, ensuring an unforgettable holiday experience. Known as a top-rated , it's a top choice in the city. Treat yourself to a delightful dinner at Bar Loose, highly recommended for tonight's dining. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, why not try Restaurant Merimakasiini? It's another excellent option with a diverse menu. Consider reserving a table at Restaurant Elite as well. Known for its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an ideal pick for tonight in Helsinki.

Get a good night's sleep and look forward to another great day on the road in Finland!

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Day 12

Day 12 – Helsinki - departure day

  • Helsinki - Departure day
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  • Kaisaniemi Park
  • More

Day 12 of your road trip in Finland is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Helsinki before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

Make the most of your final day in Finland by visiting Helsinki’s iconic markets and shopping establishments. Your stay’s proximity to the city’s retail haven invites an unhurried and unforgettable exploration of its variety of stores and establishments. Secure the perfect souvenirs for your family and friends back home or buy yourself a remembrance of your amazing experience in Finland. Take home a piece of Finland with these souvenirs, keeping your adventures close.

Before you conclude your road trip in Finland, drop by another restaurant for a last chance at a memorable dining experience in Helsinki.

This -awardee earns consistently high praises from guests. As a top-rated it is an ideal choice in the city. Enjoy a lovely meal at Ravintola Ragu, a top-rated place to have dinner tonight. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, Restaurant Savotta is another top choice with a popular menu.

You’ll then say farewell to Helsinki. Drive to the airport, return your car, and take the opportunity to get some last-minute souvenirs before you board your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope you leave with many wonderful memories of your road trip in Finland!

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