20 days in Lakeland, Mariehamn & Helsinki Itinerary

20 days in Lakeland, Mariehamn & Helsinki Itinerary

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20 days in Lakeland, Mariehamn & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly + train:  4​h 15​min
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  4​h
2
Mariehamn
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  4​h
3
Kouvola
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
4
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Kajaani
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Stockholm

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 3rd (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Maltinranta Artcenter, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vanha Kirkko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Cross Church and then identify plant and animal life at Evo Hiking Area.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere online sightseeing planner .

Stockholm, Sweden to Tampere is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Stockholm to Tampere due to the time zone difference. July in Tampere sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Holy Cross Church, Evo Hiking Area
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church

2
nights
Mariehamn

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 6th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Kobba Klintar. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Salis Batteri, contemplate the long history of Bomarsund, then explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and finally take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mariehamn trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Mariehamn takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. July in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Mariehamn

#Museums, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sund, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Kobba Klintar ©
Kobba Klintar
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum

5
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Popular historic sites such as Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry and Kotka Church are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Arboretum Mustila and Valkmusa National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Kotka (Riverside Park, Santalahti Nature Trail, & more). Spend the 9th (Mon) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. The adventure continues: trek along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Main Church.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kouvola attractions planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Mariehamn to Kouvola takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In July in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Valkmusa National Park, Arboretum Mustila, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sandcastle Lappeenranta and Lappeenranta Fortress. Discover out-of-the-way places like Saimaa Canal and Lappeen Marian kirkko. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lappeenranta online trip maker .

Take a train from Kouvola to Lappeenranta in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

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

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, then make a trip to Pikkukirkko, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna day trip planning site .

Getting from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kajaani.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

1
night
Kajaani

Kajaani
Kajaani is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Kolovesi National Park.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kajaani online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kajaani takes 4.5 hours. In July in Kajaani, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kajaani

#Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Kolovesi National Park
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5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Fortress of Suomenlinna. Explore hidden gems such as Teijo national park and Korkeasaari Zoo. Step out of Helsinki to go to Raseborg and see Ekenas Archipelago National Park, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip builder site .

Explore your travel options from Kajaani to Helsinki with the Route module. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Ekenas Archipelago National Park, Teijo national park
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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