9 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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9 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

Zurich
Fly + train:  6​h 45​min
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Kouvola
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Zurich

1
day
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 27th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tampere holiday builder site .

Zurich, Switzerland to Tampere is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Tampere. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Zurich in May; daily highs in Tampere reach 17°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

1
day
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 29th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and then explore the activities along Valkeisenlampi.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Kuopio route builder .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Kuopio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Kuopio sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Lutheran Cathedral ©
Lutheran Cathedral

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, make a trip to Riihisaari, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Savonlinna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Riihisaari ©
Riihisaari

3
days
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Stromforsin ruukki and Linden Esplanade are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Santalahti Nature Trail and Lehman. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kouvola: Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa) and Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kouvola travel route site .

Getting from Savonlinna to Kouvola by car takes about 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Kouvola are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
days
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 3rd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Keep things going the next day: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally take a stroll through Ullanlinna.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki holiday builder website .

Drive from Kouvola to Helsinki in 2 hours. In June in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Spas
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna

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