One-Week Finland Road Trip from Helsinki traveling east to Mikkeli, Joensuu, and Kotka

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8 days & 7 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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Explore the best of Finland on a 8-day road trip! Uncover hidden gems and experience the rich culture firsthand as you journey through Helsinki, Mikkeli, Savonlinna, Joensuu, Imatra, Parikkala, and Kotka. 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, 1 night in Mikkeli, 1 night in Joensuu, and 2 nights 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, Mikkeli, Savonlinna, Joensuu, Imatra, Parikkala, 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, 7 nights
Rental car, 8 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
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Destinations

Helsinki cityscape with Helsinki Cathedral and port, FinlandHelsinki / 3 nights
Kotka - city in FinlandKotka / 2 nights
Savonlinna - city in FinlandSavonlinna
Photo of aerial view of beautiful landscape of lakes and forest in Imatra, Finland.Imatra
South Savo - region in FinlandSouth Savo / 1 night
Joensuu - city in FinlandJoensuu / 1 night

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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
Photo of the Kaivopuisto park and Harakka island on the background, Helsinki, Finland.Kaivopuisto
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
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
Katariina Seaside Park, Kotka, Kotkan–Haminan seutukunta, Kymenlaakso, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandKatariina Seaside Park‎
Parikkala Sculpture Park, Parikkala, Imatran seutukunta, South Karelia, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandParikkala Sculpture 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
Lusto's main building on the right and the extension on the left.Lusto – The Finnish Forest Museum
Maretarium, Kotka, Kotkan–Haminan seutukunta, Kymenlaakso, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandMaretarium
Maritime Museum of Finland, Kotka, Kotkan–Haminan seutukunta, Kymenlaakso, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandMaritime Museum of Finland
Photo of Sibeliuksenpuisto, Kotka, Finland.Sibeliuksenpuisto
Isopuisto, Kotka, Kotkan–Haminan seutukunta, Kymenlaakso, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandIsopuisto
Kumparepuisto, Kotka, Kotkan–Haminan seutukunta, Kymenlaakso, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandKumparepuisto
Kruununpuisto, Imatra, Imatran seutukunta, South Karelia, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandKruununpuisto

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Day 1

Day 1 – Helsinki - arrival day

  • Helsinki - Arrival day
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  • Esplanadi park
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Say hello to Helsinki! Your exciting road trip through Finland is just about to start. Navigating the top places to see in the region is a breeze with a car. The rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for pickup upon your arrival in the city. You will stay in Helsinki for 2 nights before you continue your adventure!

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.

Make sure to book a table at Palace, a 2 Michelin star restaurant and a Bib Gourmand dining venue in Helsinki. This local gem’s delectable modern cuisine is sure to leave a lasting impression. Palace is highly regarded in the culinary world and boasts an impressive track record of satisfied customers.

Treat yourself to culinary excellence at Finnjävel Salonki, offering a Bib-Gourmand awarded dining experience. With its 1 Michelin star rating, it caters to the most discerning palates. The incredible contemporary cuisine at Finnjävel Salonki has earned praise globally.

If you're in the mood for something different, consider reserving a table at Olo. This celebrated dining spot in Helsinki is renowned for its sumptuous meals and modern menu. Countless patrons sing this Bib Gourmand restaurant's praises, adding to its 1 Michelin-star prestige.

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 8-day road trip in Finland!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Helsinki

  • Helsinki
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Drive 7 km, 1 hour

  • Sibelius Monument
  • Temppeliaukio Church
  • Market Square
  • Senate Square
  • Helsinki Cathedral
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Day 2 of your road trip will take you to the best attractions Helsinki has to offer. Cherish the 1 night you have left in Helsinki by discovering the best things there are to see and do in the city.

One of the most unique ways of discovering what else Helsinki has to offer is by going on a top-rated tour. Be sure to check out all the experiences Helsinki offers and add your favorites to your Finland travel package below.

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

Reserve your spot at Restaurant Kuu, a popular local restaurant in Helsinki. This culinary hotspot and its flavorful dishes have left a lasting impression on guests. Its dedication to culinary mastery is reflected by its 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 977 satisfied guests.

Make it a priority to experience Ravintola Ragu during your stay in Helsinki. This popular local restaurant offers an unparalleled menu, with a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 924 discerning guests.

Explore the culinary wonders of Restaurant Farang, a popular local gem in Helsinki. Its enticing menu promises a journey through flavors that will leave a lasting impression. Renowned for its impeccable service, it boasts a 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 1,081 satisfied guests.

If you feel like having a drink or two after your meal, an awesome bar you can go to is Liberty or Death. This place has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 685 customers.

To enjoy a great atmosphere, continue your evening at Restaurant Vltava. This bar is rated an average of 4 out of 5 stars by 5,124 customers.

Hotel Kämp is another great place where you can celebrate your adventures in Helsinki. This bar is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,508 customers.

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 3

Day 3 – Helsinki and Mikkeli

  • Helsinki
  • South Savo
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Drive 239 km, 3 hours 11 min

  • Ateneum
  • Kaivopuisto
  • SkyWheel Helsinki
  • Korkeasaari Zoo
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Dive into day 3 of your remarkable road trip in Finland. Today you will jump into the car and make your way to Helsinki and Mikkeli, 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 Mikkeli. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at Ateneum, a remarkable art museum where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 7,449 reviews. Each year, this popular place of interest welcomes approximately 400,000 visitors.

Next, satisfy your wanderlust at Kaivopuisto. This neighbourhood of helsinki has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 6,621 travelers.

SkyWheel Helsinki is another must-visit attraction. This renowned ferris wheel offers a memorable experience, well worth a stop on your self-guided sightseeing tour. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,888 travelers, it's one of the more popular places to see in the area.

Beyond the above-mentioned sites, you also have the opportunity to visit Korkeasaari Zoo. This well-loved zoo boasts a 4.3 out of 5-star rating from 12,452 reviews. In a single year, approximately 498,266 visitors add this sightseeing spot to their travel itineraries.

Mikkeli’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Helsinki behind. This drive usually takes around 2 hours 38 min. Mikkeli welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

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.

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

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

Reserve a table at Eepin Grilli, a renowned restaurant in Mikkeli. This culinary gem and its flavorful dishes have captured the hearts of food enthusiasts. Its reputation is reflected in its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 745 guests.

Ensure you experience culinary excellence at Fernando's Restaurant while in Mikkeli. This dining establishment presents an exquisite menu that has received a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, acclaimed by 777 discerning diners.

Experience a taste of Mikkeli at bar Dom, a popular local restaurant. With a menu designed to impress, it promises a journey of flavors that will leave you captivated. Its reputation is reflected in its 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 618 customers.

After dinner, visit Jälkipeli Pub, Karaoke, Sports Bar to enjoy a couple of drinks and relax. This bar is one of the best in Mikkeli, with an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 430 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular place like Mikkelin Keskusbaari Oy. This bar is a great spot to meet new friends and celebrate your vacation. Mikkelin Keskusbaari Oy has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 235 customers.

Patteri Baari is another bar locals often recommend. This bar offers a great variety of snacks and drinks and is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 117 customers.

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 4

Day 4 – Savonlinna and Joensuu

  • Savonlinna
  • Joensuu
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Drive 264 km, 3 hours 41 min

  • Savonlinna Market Square
  • Olavinlinna Castle
  • Lusto – The Finnish Forest Museum
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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 - Savonlinna, Savonlinna, and Joensuu. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Joensuu. You will spend 1 night here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Set your GPS to Savonlinna and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 1 hour 17 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Savonlinna beckons with new experiences!

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.

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

Make sure to reserve a table at Ravintola Kreeta, an iconic dining spot in Joensuu. 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 949 satisfied guests.

Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy culinary excellence at Pizzeria Roihu while in Joensuu. This renowned dining destination showcases an exquisite menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, treasured by 832 previous guests.

Delight in the culinary creations of Local Bistro, a favorite in Joensuu. Its innovative menu offers a symphony of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. With a reputation for excellence, it has earned a 4.3 out of 5-star rating from 543 discerning guests.

One of travelers' and locals' favorite bars in the city is Bar Play Joensuu. This claim is supported by 787 customers who have rated it an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars.

If you want to continue your night somewhere else, head to another popular place like Ravintola Filipof. This bar is a local favorite, with great drinks, lovely service, and an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 258 customers.

The options in Joensuu don’t end there. You could also spend some time at the excellent 60's Palaver. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars by 398 customers, this bar is one of the best places to relax after a long, adventure-filled day.

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 – Imatra, Parikkala, and Kotka

  • Imatra
  • Kotka
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Drive 346 km, 4 hours 22 min

  • Parikkala Sculpture Park
  • Imatrankoski
  • Kruununpuisto
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 5 of your road trip in Finland, where you’ll be making 3 stops. Today you will experience some of the highlights of this tour package, that is, the wonderful destinations of Imatra, Parikkala, and Kotka. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Kotka. Kotka will be your home away from home for 2 nights.

When you’ve had your share of Imatra, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Kotka. Your travel time is around 1 hour 50 min.

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.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Kotka. 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.

Make sure to book a table at Erkan Bistro & Restaurant, a popular restaurant in Kotka. This acclaimed restaurant and its mouthwatering dishes have earned the admiration of food lovers. Its commitment to culinary excellence is evident in its 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 998 satisfied guests.

Do not miss the opportunity to dine at Tai Hing during your stay in Kotka. This popular dining spot boasts a tantalizing menu, earning a remarkable rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, esteemed by 816 satisfied guests.

Savor the flavors of Maritime Centre Vellamo, a renowned dining destination in Kotka. Offering a menu that's sure to please, it has a gained 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 1,802 satisfied guests.

When you’ve finished your meal and an after-dinner drink sounds enticing, visit Players Sports Bar, one of the best bars in the city. This bar has an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars from 572 customers, and is the perfect complement to your refreshing weekend getaway experience in Finland.

Raise your glass to another unforgettable day in Finland!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Kotka

  • Kotka
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Drive 28 km, 46 min

  • Maritime Centre Vellamo
  • Maritime Museum of Finland
  • Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge
  • Kumparepuisto
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Day 6 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Kotka for 1 night more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

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.

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

Make a reservation at Canttiini, a popular dining spot in Kotka. Its reputation for being a popular dining spot shines through its 4.2 out of 5-star rating from 1,091 satisfied diners.

Make a reservation at Keisarinsatama while indulging in the charm of Kotka. This restaurant offers a delicious menu reflected with a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, cherished by 781 discerning connoisseurs.

Indulge in the flavors of Tao Yuan, a treasured establishment in Kotka. Its diverse menu promises to tantalize your palate and elevate your dining experience. Known for its exceptional service, it has earned a 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 441 satisfied guests.

Frans & Rosalie, Kotka is one of the best bars you can visit in Kotka tonight. This bar is rated an average 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 7

Day 7 – Kotka and Helsinki

  • Kotka
  • Helsinki
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Drive 139 km, 2 hours 13 min

  • Sibeliuksenpuisto
  • Isopuisto
  • Maretarium
  • Sapokka
  • Katariina Seaside Park‎
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On day 7 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Finland, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 2 destinations, Kotka and Helsinki. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Helsinki, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Sibeliuksenpuisto. This park is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 590 visitors.

When you’re finished at Sibeliuksenpuisto, head to Isopuisto. This one-of-a-kind park is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars in 608 reviews.

Beyond the above-mentioned attractions, you also have the opportunity to visit Maretarium. This aquarium is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 1,539 visitors.

If you’re keen to explore more, then consider a visit to Sapokka. This park is a much-appreciated attraction with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 2,810 visitors.

To round off your sightseeing experience, make your way to Katariina Seaside Park‎. This famous park is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,357 travelers.

After soaking in Kotka’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Helsinki. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 1 hour 43 min. When you arrive in Helsinki, it's time to take a break from the road.

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

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

Have a delightful culinary experience when you dine at Restaurant HOKU. Favored by many foreign travelers and locals, this restaurant in Helsinki boasts a carefully curated and enticing menu. Its delectable dishes have earned it an impressive rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from around 966 visitors.

Another dining spot you shouldn’t miss while in Helsinki is Restaurant Savotta. It has garnered a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 1,076 diners thanks to its impeccable menu options and flavors.

Experience a celebration of flavors when you dine in at Ravintola Nerone, in Helsinki. Its delightful menu and flavorful dishes have earned it a stellar rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 951 satisfied customers.

If you’re looking for a bar to end the evening at, many locals recommend Ravintola Teerenpeli, claiming it’s one of the best. This bar has an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 2,025 customers.

If you feel like going somewhere else, another popular option in the city is Restaurant Teatteri. This bar has an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars by 1,757 customers.

The Riff is yet another top-rated place where you can easily spend an hour or two. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,017 customers.

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

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Day 8

Day 8 – Helsinki - departure day

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  • Kaisaniemi Park
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Day 8 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 your final day in Finland unfolds, don’t miss the chance for a last-minute shopping spree in Helsinki’s shopping district. Your accommodation’s convenient location near the city’s shopping area offers the luxury of time, so you don’t have to limit yourself from leisurely strolling its streets amidst a collection of establishments.

Look for the perfect gift for your loved ones back home, or buy yourself a little keepsake to remind you of Finland.

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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