16 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Turku Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Turku Itinerary

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16 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Turku Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Helsinki
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Kouvola
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Turku
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Zurich

4
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.
Do your shopping at Hakaniemi Market and Market Square Kauppatori. Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Aurinkolahti Beach. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Aurlahti Beach in Lohja--about 50 minutes away. Pack the 18th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, pause for some photo ops at Sibelius Monument, and kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Zurich in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Aurlahti Beach
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market
Market Square Kauppatori ©
Market Square Kauppatori

4
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arboretum Mustila and Stromforsin ruukki. Kids will appreciate attractions like Santalahti Nature Trail and Lehman. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kouvola: Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla) and Kotka (Fuksinpuisto Park & Linden Esplanade).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kouvola trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kouvola in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Kouvola are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Stromforsin ruukki, Valkmusa National Park
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 24th (Tue), look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, then indulge your taste buds at Savonlinna Market Square, then don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Shopping, #Historic Sites
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Savonlinna Market Square ©
Savonlinna Market Square
Taito Shop Savonlinna ©
Taito Shop Savonlinna
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle

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nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Visiting Teijo national park and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna will get you outdoors. Kids will enjoy Kurjenrahka National Park and Bellevue Beach. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, gain interesting insight with Ett Hem Museum, let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, and head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Turku takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. July in Turku sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Kurjenrahka National Park, Teijo national park
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Attractions like Hatanpaa Arboretum and Rauhaniemi Beach make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, look for gifts at Tammelantori, and enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Tampere are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Childrens Museums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

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