10 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

10 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Start: Charlotte
Fly + Drive:  17 h 30 min
1
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arboretum Mustila and Hiidenvuori. Get in touch with nature at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Valkmusa National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Kotka (Santalahti Nature Trail, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, &more). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kouvola day trip planning tool.

Charlotte, USA to Kouvola is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Charlotte to Kouvola due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charlotte in September, you will find days in Kouvola are cooler (59°F), and nights are slightly colder (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive 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
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park

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, step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, thenexplore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna road trip website.

Getting from Kouvola to Savonlinna by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 13th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, thentake an in-depth tour of Emil Aaltosen Museo, and finally get engrossed in the history at Visavuori.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Visavuori
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and walk around The Esplanadi Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in September, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

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

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