10 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

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10 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
2
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
4
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Hong Kong

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, stop by Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then take a stroll through Katajanokka, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Porvoo.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Helsinki vacation planning app .

Hong Kong, China to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Hong Kong to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Hong Kong in June: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Cathedral of Porvoo
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo

2
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 16th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Wolkoff House Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lempukka Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ruokolahden Kirkko. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, then explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, and then admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta online itinerary planner .

Take a train from Helsinki to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Imatra, Ruokolahden Kirkko
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Ruokolahden Kirkko ©
Ruokolahden Kirkko
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko

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nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Siikalahti Wetland, take in the history at Salpa Line, and then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, make a trip to Riihisaari, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Savonlinna road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki, Siikalahti Wetland, Kummakivi Boulder
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Taito Shop Savonlinna ©
Taito Shop Savonlinna

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nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
On the 20th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): wander the streets of Ullanlinna, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Savonlinna to Helsinki by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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