8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Lugano
Fly:  16​h 15​min
Rantasalmi
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
End: Lugano

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Rantasalmi

Rantasalmi ©
Rantasalmi is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rantasalmi itinerary tool .

Lugano, Switzerland to Rantasalmi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lugano to Rantasalmi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lugano in August; daily highs in Rantasalmi reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lappeenranta.

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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park

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night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, then contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Lappeen Marian kirkko.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Rantasalmi to Lappeenranta takes 2.5 hours. August in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

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Imatra Waterfall
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere travel site .

Getting from Lappeenranta to Tampere by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

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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.
Pack the 16th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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