10 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

10 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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10 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Charlotte

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Take a break from the city and head to Arboretum Mustila and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. You'll explore and learn at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum and Kouvola City Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kouvola: Kotka (Santalahti Nature Trail, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, & more), Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla) and Hiidenvuori (in Iitti).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kouvola trip planner.

Charlotte, USA to Kouvola is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Charlotte to Kouvola, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charlotte in September, expect nights in Kouvola to be little chillier, around 46°F, while days are much colder, around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Hiidenvuori, Valkmusa National Park, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori

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 12th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

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You can drive from Kouvola to Savonlinna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then get engrossed in the history at Emil Aaltosen Museo, and finally get engrossed in the history at Visavuori.

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Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Tampere are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Visavuori
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Mediamuseo Rupriikki ©
Mediamuseo Rupriikki

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Your inner history buff will appreciate Rock Church and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 46 minutes away). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Helsinki day trip website .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Helsinki are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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