13 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

13 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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13 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Pisa
Fly:  8​h 30​min
Kouvola
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Kuhmo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Syote
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Inari
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Pisa

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get in touch with nature at Arboretum Mustila and Valkmusa National Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Repovesi National Park and Santalahti Nature Trail. Step out of Kouvola to go to Kotka and see Kotka Church, which is approximately 48 minutes away.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kouvola day trip tool .

Pisa, Italy to Kouvola is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Pisa to Kouvola, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Pisa in July, things will get little chillier in Kouvola: highs are around 24°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Valkmusa National Park, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 1st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Lappeen Marian kirkko, and then explore the activities along Saimaa Canal.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lappeenranta trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Lappeenranta takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

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#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kuhmo.

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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle

2
nights
Kuhmo

Kuhmo ©
Kuhmo is a town and a municipality in Finland and is located at the south-eastern corner of the Kainuu region. On the 3rd (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Wild Taiga and then identify plant and animal life at Boreal Wildlife Centre.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kuhmo trip website .

Drive from Savonlinna to Kuhmo in 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Syote.

Things to do in Kuhmo

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Boreal Wildlife Centre ©
Boreal Wildlife Centre

1
night
Syote

Syote ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Syote National Park.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Syote road trip planning website .

Drive from Kuhmo to Syote in 4.5 hours. August in Syote sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Inari.

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Syote National Park ©
Syote National Park

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
On the 5th (Sun), relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Inari day trip site .

Traveling by car from Syote to Inari takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August in Inari, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Trails

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, explore the historical opulence of Fortress of Suomenlinna, then steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, then meet the residents at Korkeasaari Zoo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For reviews and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Inari in August: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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