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Karelia
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Grand Karelia Road Trip

Helsinki - Lappeenranta - Joensuu - Nurmes - Kem - Petrozavodsk - Sortavala - St. Petersburg

Expect on your Grand Karelia Road Trip Itinerary

Benefit-stress ratio
Historical sites
Culture
Landscape
Comfort
Road conditions
Security
Urban life
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  • Motorhome Site
  • Hotels
  • Beach
  • Culture
  • Historical sites
  • Landscape
  • Camping
  • Restaurants
8 Stages 1,490 mi 3.3 h/stage

Best months to drive Grand Karelia Road Trip in Finland

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Grand Karelia Road Trip Itinerary

If you are searching for an interesting road trip around Finland, Grand Karelia Road Trip will surely come up to your expectations. Grand Karelia Road Trip is a perfect travel opportunity for explorer. The road tour runs, among others, through such places as Helsinki, Joensuu, and Nurmes. The trip described in this article will take 12 days to complete, but tourists can definitely complete it in 8. Of course, if you are delighted with the beauty of the region, you can always extend your adventure. The adventure takes 1,490mi and there are around 3.3 hours daily on the road. So, sit comfortably behind the wheel, and let’s begin the journey!
12 number of days
1,490 mi route length
high budget
explorer good for
on the right traffic direction
fair accident level
During adventure, you can enjoy a wide range of interesting venues to visit relatively stress-free. Among the many benefits that Grand Karelia Road Trip offers, you will enjoy a full spectrum of exciting historical jewels along the way. In spite of the fact that the hotels on the way are not that comfortable, they still offer good value for money. In spite of the fact that the road trip is characterised by a lower security level in comparison to other road trips, staying careful while on the road will increase the security of you and your passengers. Holidaymakers should be prepared that the road trip is more pricey owing to greater number of amenities. When in Finland, you will be driving on the right. When it comes to accident level it is fair. The period between June and August is thought to be the best for taking the road trip.

  Helsinki
Distance: 1,490 mi, Driving time: 29.8 h, Pace: fast
Airports: HEL

Your journey starts at the Helsinki Airport. It is precisely the place where you can collect your rental vehicle.

Helsinki Sea Front Helsinki Sea Front

1 Helsinki - Porvoo - Lappeenranta
Distance: 138 mi, Driving time: 2.7 h, Pace: fast
junction of road trips UNESCO World Heritage Site interesting  historic site accommodation options attractive landscape EV charging station dining venues scenic road trip plan ↓ See stage route on map

Lappeenranta - Finland - Europe - Road Trip - commons.wikimedia.org Lappeenranta - Finland - Europe - Road Trip - commons.wikimedia.org
Lappeenranta - Finland - Europe - Road Trip - commons.wikimedia.org Lappeenranta - Finland - Europe - Road Trip - commons.wikimedia.org

2 Lappeenranta - Savonlinna - Joensuu
Distance: 145 mi, Driving time: 2.8 h, Pace: fast
junction of road trips interesting  historic site accommodation options EV charging station dining venues scenic road trip plan ↓ See stage route on map

Joensuu - Finland - Europe - Road Trip - commons.wikimedia.org Joensuu - Finland - Europe - Road Trip - commons.wikimedia.org

3 Joensuu - Koli N.P. - Nurmes
Distance: 82 mi, Driving time: 1.6 h, Pace: fast
accommodation options junction of road trips dining venues scenic road EV charging station trip plan ↓ See stage route on map

Nurmes - Finland - Europe - Road Trip - commons.wikimedia.org Nurmes - Finland - Europe - Road Trip - commons.wikimedia.org
Nurmes - Finland - Europe - Road Trip - commons.wikimedia.org Nurmes - Finland - Europe - Road Trip - commons.wikimedia.org

4 Nurmes - Kuhmo - Kem
Distance: 312 mi, Driving time: 6.6 h, Pace: fast
border crossing dining venues scenic road trip plan ↓ See stage route on map

Kem - Finland - Europe - Road Trip - commons.wikimedia.org Kem - Finland - Europe - Road Trip - commons.wikimedia.org

5 Kem - Petrozavodsk
Distance: 254 mi, Driving time: 4.4 h, Pace: fast
junction of road trips UNESCO World Heritage Site interesting  historic site accommodation options dining venues scenic road trip plan ↓ See stage route on map

Petrozavodsk - Finland - Europe - Road Trip - commons.wikimedia.org Petrozavodsk - Finland - Europe - Road Trip - commons.wikimedia.org

6 Petrozavodsk - Sortavala
Distance: 153 mi, Driving time: 3.2 h, Pace: fast
border crossing dining venues scenic road trip plan ↓ See stage route on map

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Sortavala - Finland - Europe - Road Trip - www.flickr.com Sortavala - Finland - Europe - Road Trip - www.flickr.com

7 Sortavala - St. Petersburg
Distance: 167 mi, Driving time: 3.8 h, Pace: fast
border crossing EV charging station dining venues scenic road trip plan ↓ See stage route on map

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8 St. Petersburg - Vyborg - Helsinki
Distance: 239 mi, Driving time: 4.7 h, Pace: fast
junction of road trips UNESCO World Heritage Site interesting  historic site accommodation options border crossing EV charging station dining venues scenic road trip plan ↓ See stage route on map

Helsinki - Finland - Europe - Road Trip - commons.wikimedia.org Helsinki - Finland - Europe - Road Trip - commons.wikimedia.org

  Helsinki
Airports: HEL

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Grand Karelia Road Trip Summary

If our Grand Karelia Road Trip sparked some travel ideas in your head – great that was the purpose!
The tour we’ve suggested can be used as a foundation that can be recreated in its entirety or only partially and that can be enriched with interesting attractions of your choice.
If travelling by car is your plan when moving around Finland, there are a number of vital traffic regulations to follow and a list of things to keep in mind to make your adventure smooth. These tips will surely become useful for holidaymakers who opt for vehicle hire or camper hire in Finland.
There are a number of traffic rules to be followed while on a tour around Finland. Alcohol is best to be avoided at all costs while driving. In Finland, the permitted blood alcohol level is low and equals only 0.5‰. The maximum permissible speed when travelling around the build-up areas is 31mph. When travelling in rural areas, you should stick to the maximum speed of 50mph. On highways, the permissible speed is 75mph. In order to stay safe, it is best to equip your car with a fire extinguisher and first aid kit and drive with your headlights on at daytime.
The majority of travellers are also interested in the travel expenses of the whole road trip. The total cost of the whole tour can vary depending on the budget option of your choice. A wide range of budget configurations is showed below.
If you’d like to benefit from the cheapest offer to cover the planned 1,490mi while travelling around Finland, it can cost roughly 233 GBP. You should take into consideration that economy accommodation options will cost roughly 558 GBP. Those who want to benefit from this option will spend more or less 731 GBP on restaurants and food. Travellers will have to pay around 457 GBP if they go for the budget rental car offer as well. Thus, going for car rental will increase the costs of the road trip from roughly 1,521 GBP to about 1,978 GBP.
Tourists who are interested in greater comfort and the standard option will pay roughly 307 GBP for the fuel needed to cover the tour. Cost amounting to 949 GBP can be expected by all drivers who are looking for standard accommodation options. The general cost of food and restaurants within this range is more or less 974 GBP. Travellers who want to cover the trip in a standard hire vehicle should expect a cost of about 609 GBP. Drivers who would like to rent a car will pay more or less 2,838 GBP for the whole trip, whereas those who are not interested in vehicle rental will spend approximately 2,229 GBP.
The available premium offer has been prepared for the most demanding travellers. When it comes to this offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total roughly 4,759 GBP for drivers who are considering car hire and 2,229 GBP for those who do not need a hire vehicle. Travellers who would like to cover the tour in a premium hire vehicle should expect a cost of approximately 1,522 GBP. When it comes to the top standard configuration of the tour, you need to spend the maximum of 381 GBP on the gasoline needed to cover the road trip. Tourists who will go for top services in all aspects of their trip should expect to pay approximately 1,461 GBP for restaurants and food and about 1,395 GBP for overnight stays.
Our tour will also become interesting for all camper enthusiasts, as it can be easily adjusted to their expectations. If you choose this mode of transport, the expenses may amount to approximately 2,283 GBP. Travellers will spend about 455 GBP on gasoline allowing to cover all stages of the itinerary. Tourists who opt for camper rental should expect to pay about 279 GBP for accommodation and around 731 GBP for expenses connected with food.
The section Road Trip Costs shows all the presented details in an easy to follow way.
The part of Finland showed in our road trip idea is great to be visited between June and August. There are plenty of picturesque road trips and scenic drives that are available on our website if Grand Karelia Road Trip has inspired you. The great variety of trips will definitely cater to the needs of the most demanding holidaymakers.
  • Road Trip Costs
  • How much does it cost to go on a Grand Karelia Road Trip in Finland?
  • Economy
    Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
    • rent & more 457 GBP
    • drive & more 233 GBP
    • sleep & more 558 GBP
    • eat & more 731 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,521 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 1,978 GBP
  • Standard
    Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
    • rent & more 609 GBP
    • drive & more 307 GBP
    • sleep & more 949 GBP
    • eat & more 974 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) 2,229 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,838 GBP
  • Premium
    High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
    • rent & more 1,522 GBP
    • drive & more 381 GBP
    • sleep & more 1,395 GBP
    • eat & more 1,461 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) 3,237 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 4,759 GBP
  • Camper
    On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self cooking. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
    • rent & more 2,283 GBP
    • drive & more 455 GBP
    • sleep & more 279 GBP
    • eat & more 731 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,464 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 3,747 GBP

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Facts for safer driving in Finland

drink drive limit
0.5
max speed urban
31 mph
max speed rural
50 mph
max speed highway
75 mph
headlights at daytime
on
fire extinguisher
no
tolls
no
seat belts
yes