5-Day Finland Road Trip from Helsinki traveling east to Kotka

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Duration
5 days & 4 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
Hotel
4 nights included
Car rental
5 days included
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Explore the best of Finland on a 5-day road trip! Uncover hidden gems and experience the rich culture firsthand as you journey through Helsinki, Kotka, and Pyhtää. This road trip itinerary in Finland seamlessly combines exploration with relaxation.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in Finland takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 3 nights in Helsinki and 1 night in Kotka. 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, Kotka, and Pyhtää, 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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Included

Hotel, 4 nights
Rental car, 5 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Helsinki cityscape with Helsinki Cathedral and port, FinlandHelsinki / 3 nights
Kotka - city in FinlandKotka / 1 night

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Attractions

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
Photo of the Kaivopuisto park and Harakka island on the background, Helsinki, Finland.Kaivopuisto
Photo of Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral Church in Katajanokka district of the Old Town in Helsinki, Finland.Uspenski Cathedral
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
Kaisaniemi ParkKaisaniemi Park
Photo of great Public park Sapokka in Kotka town, Finland.Sapokka
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
Valkmusa National Park, Pyhtää, Kotkan–Haminan seutukunta, Kymenlaakso, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandValkmusa National Park

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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 2 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. 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.

Palace is the Bib Gourmand restaurant to visit if you’re craving culinary excellence. This 2-star Michelin restaurant has a diverse and enticing menu selection, which includes its delicious and signature modern meals.

Elevate your dining experience at a 1-star Michelin restaurant in Helsinki, Finnjävel Salonki. At this Bib Gourmand awardee, savor a combination of exceptional flavors with a memorable dining experience. This renowned restaurant’s meal selection includes its signature contemporary dishes, which are sure to tickle your taste buds.

Another culinary gem in Helsinki you shouldn’t miss is Olo. Enjoy a menu that has earned it a prestigious 1-star Michelin rating. Delivering a food experience like no other, this Bib Gourmand restaurant’s modern menu and exceptional service make it a must-visit destination for those seeking exceptional dining in the area.

After your meal, we recommend you get a drink at one of the best bars in the city. Kaisla is a popular option with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 2,238 customers.

Another top option is Roasberg. This bar offers a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and has been rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,256 customers.

One Pint Pub is also a great place to continue your evening. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 796 customers.

Raise a toast to the start of your 5-day road trip in Finland!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Helsinki

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Drive 6 km, 45 min

  • Uspenski Cathedral
  • Market Square
  • Senate Square
  • Helsinki Cathedral
  • Kaivopuisto
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Day 2 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Helsinki for 1 night more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

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.

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

Make sure to book a table at Restaurant Kuu, a popular restaurant in Helsinki. This acclaimed restaurant and its mouthwatering dishes have earned the admiration of food lovers. Its commitment to culinary excellence is evident in its 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 977 satisfied guests.

Do not miss the opportunity to dine at Ravintola Ragu during your stay in Helsinki. This popular dining spot boasts a tantalizing menu, earning a remarkable rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, esteemed by 924 satisfied guests.

Savor the flavors of Restaurant Farang, a renowned dining destination in Helsinki. Offering a menu that's sure to please, it has a gained 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 1,081 satisfied guests.

After dinner, visit one of the top bars in Helsinki. Liberty or Death is a popular option, rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 685 customers.

Continue your evening at Restaurant Vltava. This bar has an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars from 5,124 customers.

Hotel Kämp is another place you could check out tonight. This bar is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,508 customers.

Relax and recharge in preparation for another adventurous day in Finland!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Kotka

  • Helsinki
  • Kotka
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Drive 148 km, 2 hours 40 min

  • Ateneum
  • Temppeliaukio Church
  • Korkeasaari Zoo
  • Sibelius Monument
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On day 3 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Finland, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 2 destinations, Helsinki and Kotka. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Kotka, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

When you're ready to see some sights, Ateneum is a great place to start with. This art museum is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 7,449 visitors. Ateneum attracts more than 400,000 visitors every year.

Another popular attraction you can visit today is Temppeliaukio Church. This cave church has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 11,662 travelers.

We also recommend a stop at Korkeasaari Zoo. This site gets more than 498,266 visitors annually. The zoo has been rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 12,452 visitors.

If you're keen to explore more, consider visiting Sibelius Monument. This sculpture is a popular attraction with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 6,019 reviews.

Set your GPS to Kotka and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 1 hour 32 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Kotka beckons with new experiences!

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Kotka. Kotka 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.

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

Make sure to reserve a table at Erkan Bistro & Restaurant, an iconic dining spot in Kotka. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Its dedication to culinary innovation is evident in its 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 998 satisfied guests.

Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy culinary excellence at Tai Hing while in Kotka. This renowned dining destination showcases an exquisite menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, treasured by 816 previous guests.

Delight in the culinary creations of Maritime Centre Vellamo, a favorite in Kotka. Its innovative menu offers a symphony of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. With a reputation for excellence, it has earned a 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 1,802 discerning guests.

One of travelers' and locals' favorite bars in the city is Players Sports Bar. This claim is supported by 572 customers who have rated it an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars.

If you want to continue your night somewhere else, head to another popular place like Frans & Rosalie, Kotka. This bar is a local favorite, with great drinks, lovely service, and an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars by 480 customers.

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

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Day 4

Day 4 – Pyhtää and Helsinki

  • Kotka
  • Helsinki
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Drive 165 km, 2 hours 38 min

  • Maritime Centre Vellamo
  • Sapokka
  • Katariina Seaside Park‎
  • Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge
  • Valkmusa National Park
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 4 of your road trip in Finland. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 3 vibrant destinations - Kotka, Pyhtää, and Helsinki. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Helsinki. You will spend 1 night here for some well-deserved relaxation.

While on the road, immerse yourself in your favorite road trip tunes or sample the sounds from a local radio station. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

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.

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.

Treat yourself to a delightful dining experience at Restaurant HOKU while you’re in Helsinki. Famous for its lovely menu and mouthwatering dishes, it has captivated around 966 diners, earning it an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Another favorite dining locale in Helsinki is Restaurant Savotta. Have a satisfying meal from the menu that has charmed its way to the hearts of around 1,076 happy customers, who gave it an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars.

While in Helsinki, enjoy Ravintola Nerone’s appetizing dishes. This dining establishment has earned a positive reputation and a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, thanks to the endorsements and reviews of around 951 satisfied guests.

Ravintola Teerenpeli is one of the best bars you can visit in Helsinki tonight. This bar is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 2,025 customers.

You can also enjoy a glass or two at a popular place like Restaurant Teatteri. This bar has an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars from 1,757 customers.

Alternatively, try The Riff. The Riff is the perfect place to get to know some locals in the city. This top-recommended bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,017 customers.

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

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Day 5

Day 5 – Helsinki - departure day

  • Helsinki - Departure day
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  • Kaisaniemi Park
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Day 5 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.

As you approach the end of your journey in Finland, take a moment for some retail therapy in Helsinki’s celebrated shopping district. Thanks to your stay’s premier location, you can easily visit the city’s commercial hubs and wander through its diverse range of local shops without rushing.

Whether you’re on a hunt for an ideal present to give to your friends or family, or looking for a personal memento to remind you of Finland, a variety of items are waiting for you.

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

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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