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Experiences in Southern Finland

Drive through Finland in the summer and you'll find two colours dominating the scenery: green and blue. En route you will see interesting wooden architecture, beaches, handicraft markets, small town events, cafés and village shops. Explore spectacular nature, national parks and nature trails and experience the past, present and future of Finnish glass.

Day 1 & 2

Drive from Helsinki to Kotka-Hamina region via city of Porvoo (about 140 km)
Along the cost you'll find old wooden towns, ironwork villages, historical manors and stone churches, large national parks stretching over land and sea. Kotka-Hamina is an attractive seaside region with a laid-back islander lifestyle and a strong maritime culture

 picturesque Old Porvoo - experience Imperial Kotka and travel to history in Hamina - museums and exhibitions in Maritime Centre Vellamo and Maretarium, the underwater world of Finnish fish in city of Kotka
Do - 
be active. The nature and recreation of the region refresh the body and mind. Try water activities at Kymijoki river
- explore food lovers´ paradise and  taste sensations from the region
Recommended accommodation in Porvoo region
Haikko Manor and Spa provides sunny service, genuine manor house ambience and pampering spa treatments
Hotel Pariisin Ville is a small, elegant boutique hotel in the heart of the picturesque Old Town of Porvoo
Hotel Onni, a beautifully renovated 18th century manor house with a comfortable, intimate atmosphere at the heart of the Porvoo's peaceful old town
Guesthouse Box B&B is located in a peaceful countryside area, only 20 km from Porvoo
Råmossa Lodge is an atmospheric setting for enjoying the beautiful Finnish nature and hospitality
Recommended accommodation in Kotka-Hamina region
Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone Kotka, located right in the city centre, on Kotkansaari island, surrounded by the sea and services
Spa Hotel Hamina offers comfortable accommodation in the middle of historic city of Hamina
Santalahti Resort is a five-star resort surrounded by sea and nature offering accommodation from campsites to cosy cottages and to luxury villas
Vimpa Islands offers experiences and activities in a beautiful natural environments on the mainland and on the islands 

Day 3 & 4

Drive to Lahti region via Kouvola region (about 230 km)
Lake and nature activities, sports, wellbeing, Nordic urban and local life, wood and industrial design, Nordic flavours, unique villas, manors and cottages by the lake

Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Verla. Explore city of Lahti, the first Finnish city to be appointed as the European Green Capital in 2021
Dotravel sustainably in the Lahti region - visit Repovesi National Park, experience genuine outdoor life with Tervarumpu
Eat - taste of Kouvola, memorable food experiences in Lahti region
Recommended accommodation in Kouvola region 
Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, the renewed pink classic that will charm you with its service  
Scandic Kouvola, a comfortable hotel in an excellent location near Kouvola railway station and city's services  
Verla, accommodation in former millworkers' houses, in the traditional log-driving hut, in newer wooden cottages or in the trees under the stars
Recommended accommodation in Lahti region 
Scandic Lahti City, a cosy hotel with spacious rooms
Solo Sokos Hotel Lahden Seurahuone, one of the most classic hotels in Finland
Lehmonkärki Resort, a high-quality tourist center located on the shore of Lake Päijänne, offers luxury for all the Senses
Iso-Naappila invites you to enjoy a relaxing holidays in comfortable cottages on lakeside
Yli-Kaitala villas and cottages offer a wide range of eco-friendly tourism services including accommodation, nature activities and sauna experiences in beautiful lakeside premises 

Day 5 & 6

Route continues via Kalkkinen and the scenic road through Pulkkilanharju esker to Häme region (about 150 km). Pulkkilanharju can be reached via road number 314 

Häme is a historical region located at the very heart of Southern Finland, a perfect place to get a feel of the real Finland.  A medieval castle, picturesque Finnish nature, lakes, nature parks, cliffs, old railway, historic and contemporary museums and the best golf courses. In Häme you can experience the past, present and future of Finnish glass

Visit Häme Castle - Iittala Village - Finnish Glass Museum
Sustainable Design
Iittala introduces a new special edition collection made entirely of waste glass from the Iittala Glass Factory. The limited edition collection will include iconic designs such as the Aalto vase, the Aalto tealight candleholder, the Kastehelmi tumbler, the Kastehelmi tealight candleholder, and the Raami tumbler. Each object is unique and as durable and high quality as those made of virgin material
Do - admire national landscape in Aulanko Nature Reserve, join guided tours to national parks with Erärenki
Aulanko has been a popular destination with visitors for more than a hundred years. Nowadays, there is a lot to see and do in Aulanko Nature Reserve, in addition to the beautiful scenery - visit the forest park of Aulanko, enjoy the view from the scenic lookout tower of Aulangonvuori Hill over the national landscape, go berry and mushroom picking or walk on nature trails
Eat - Hungry for HämeHäme is a region of genuine flavours and that's a great reason to take your very own tasting tour. Try some fish from Vanaja, locally farmed beef, clean vegetables, wines, home-brewed Sahti beer, delicious berries, masterpieces from a confectioner, real honey, and the creations of a chocolatier. From many farms you can buy also local products
Recommended accommodation in Häme region
In Häme you can find a number of unique accommodation in addition to traditional hotel accommodation. Get quality and personalized service, as well as the opportunity to relax in the privacy of the countryside
Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna offers you the opportunity to relax by the Vanajavesi lake
In Scandic Aulanko  is located on the shore of Lake Vanajavesi, just a five-minute drive from the Hämeenlinna city centre
In Bed and Breakfast Matin ja Maijan you will be accommodated in luxurious rooms in a century-old Villa right in the center of Hämeenlinna
Iloranta is the oldest full-board offering tourist resort in the countryside providing historical premises and cheerful service
Eerikkälä, Sport & Outdoor Resort is a full service holiday resort for active holidaymakers and nature lovers
Kriipi´ s cottages´  log houses are comfortably furnished and offers you all modern conveniences. Each house has its own waterfront, a row boat and a jetty by the lake of the large Vanajavesi Lake, known for its great fishing

Drive from Häme region to Helsinki (about 100 km)


Total route apprx. 640 km

Helsinki - Porvoo 50 km
Porvoo - Kotka 90 km
Kotka - Repovesi 110 km
Repovesi - Verla 45 km
Verla - Lahti  70 km
Lahti - Kalkkinen - Hämeenlinna 140 km
Iittala - Hämeenlinna - Riihimäki 60 km
Riihimäki - Helsinki 70 km

Driving in Finland

Driving in Finland
Driving tips

Follow the weather


Bring along

  • International driving permit
  • Comfortable outdoor clothing
  • Swimsuit for sauna


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Sustainable Travel Finland

Sustainable Travel Finland label will make it easier for travel trade and travellers to recognise a tourism company and destination that takes sustainability seriously. Achieving a Sustainable Travel Finland –label became possible on June 1, 2020, and the first companies have already been awarded with the label. Find sustainable travel options at Visit Finland's Sustainable Travel Finland webpage.

Useful links

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