9 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, meet the residents at Korkeasaari Zoo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary site .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from London in September: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 19°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

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

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 4th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna day trip planning website .

Drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Helsinki in October, you will find days in Savonlinna are little chillier (7°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Taito Shop Savonlinna ©
Taito Shop Savonlinna

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 5th (Fri), stroll through Suolijarvi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then explore the wide array of goods at City Sokos, and finally stop by Alko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
City Sokos ©
City Sokos

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