12 days in Helsinki, Kuopio & Vaasa Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki, Kuopio & Vaasa Itinerary

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12 days in Helsinki, Kuopio & Vaasa Itinerary

Chicago
Fly:  12​h 15​min
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Kuopio
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
Chicago

6
days
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Do your shopping at Sibelius Hall and Old Market Hall. Get outdoors at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, browse the different shops at Kamppi Shopping Centre, look for gifts at Marimekko, and perfect your strike at Flamingo Entertainment Centre.

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Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Chicago in October, things will get a bit cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 48°F and lows about 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Outdoors, #Shopping, #Parks

Side Trips

King's Road, Flamingo Entertainment Centre, Sibelius Hall
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Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

1
day
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, then don't miss a visit to Kuopio Harbor, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, and finally ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall.

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Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Kuopio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Helsinki in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kuopio: temperatures range from 43°F by day to 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Kuopio

#Historic Sites
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Lutheran Cathedral ©
Lutheran Cathedral
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

2
days
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
On the 17th (Wed), snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta and then examine the collection at Stundars Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

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Fly from Kuopio to Vaasa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in October, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vaasa

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Raippaluodon Silta, Stundars Museum, Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta
Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum

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